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The name Well came to England with the ancestors of the Well family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Well family lived in Lincolnshire, at Wells.

Well Early Origins



The surname Well 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." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Well Spelling Variations


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Well Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Wells, Welles, Well and others.

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Well Early History


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Well Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Well research. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1352, 1421, 1450, 1499, 1406, 1461 and are included under the topic Early Well History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Well Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Well Early Notables (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 Well Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Well In Ireland


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Well In Ireland



Some of the Well family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Well or a variant listed above:

Well Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mary Well, who landed in Virginia in 1663
  • John Well, who landed in Virginia in 1666

Well Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christian Well, who landed in New York, NY in 1782

Well Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Well, aged 28, arrived in St Louis, Missouri in 1842
  • J P Well, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Well Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Otto Well, aged 15, arrived in Quebec in 1868

Well Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Francis Well arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cressy" in 1847
  • Maria Well arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Boyne" in 1850

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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The Well Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Well Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 17 March 2016 at 13:54.

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