The name Weles reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Weles family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Weles family lived in Lincolnshire
, at Wells.
Early Origins of the Weles family
The surname Weles was first found in Lincolnshire
where they are conjecturally descended from Gilbert de Ghent who held the village and mill of Well from the Bishop of Bayeaux at the time of the Norman Conquest
in 1066. A little later another entry was found for the family at Bitchfield, again in Lincolnshire
. "The church was consecrated and endowed by Hugh de Wells, who presided over the diocese from the year 1209 to 1234." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Weles family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Weles research.Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1352, 1421, 1450, 1499, 1406, 1461 and are included under the topic Early Weles History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Weles Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Wells, Welles, Well and others.
Early Notables of the Weles family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John de Welles, 5th Baron
Welles (1352-1421), an English soldier and noble; John Welles, 1st Viscount Welles KG... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Weles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Weles family to Ireland
Some of the Weles family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Weles family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Weles name or one of its variants: Gregory Wells, who arrived in Virginia in 1635; Thomas Wells of Rothwell, Northampton
, who settled in Connecticut in 1636, where he later became the Governor.