Welland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Welland family

The surname Welland was first found in Devon at Welland which was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. [1]

Alternatively, the name could have originated in Welland, Worcestershire, a parish, in the union of Upton-upon-Severn, Lower division of the hundred of Oswaldslow. [2] [3]

Yet another source notes the name literally means "dweller at the Spring-Land [Old English w(i)ell (a spring, well + land] or dweller by the River Welland, occurring in very late copies or versions of Latin charters of the Anglo-Saxon period as Weland and Weeland. " [4]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 include some of the earliest records and the earliest spellings of the family: William de Welond, Gloucestershire; Thomas Welond, Oxfordshire; and Richard Welond, Suffolk. [5]

Thomas de Weyland (fl. 1272-1290), was an early English judge, "a member of a Norfolk family that since the beginning of the thirteenth century had possessed land at Oxburgh and elsewhere in that county. The name comes from Weyland, a wood near Watton, which gives its name to a Norfolk hundred. The family had also possessed lands in Ireland since about 1248, at which time one William de Weyland was in Ireland, in the service of Aymer de Valence (d. 1260), the half-brother of Henry III. This William is probably the same as the Sir William de Weyland whom a pedigree in Blomefield's 'Norfolk,' the father of Thomas the judge. This William is generally identified with the William de Weyland who was escheator south of Trent between 1261 and 1265, justice itinerant, holder of many particular assizes, and justice of the common pleas in 1272 and 1273. There were several other Weylands mentioned in the records of this time whose precise relationship to each other and to the judge is hard to determine. " [6]

Early History of the Welland family

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Welland Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Welland, Weland, Weyland, Wayland, Welond, Welend, Wellond, Wellend and many more.

Early Notables of the Welland family (pre 1700)

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United States Welland migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Welland Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Betsy Ann Welland, aged 68, originally from London, England, who arrived in New York in 1907 aboard the ship "Adriatic" from Southampton, England [7]
  • Henrietta C. Welland, aged 57, who arrived in New York, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Hollandia" from Amsterdam [8]
  • Herbert George Welland, aged 15, who arrived in New York in 1920 from Cardiff, Wales [9]

New Zealand Welland migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Welland Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Welland, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Norfolk" arriving in Wellington, North Island, New Zealand on 18th June 1880 [10]

Contemporary Notables of the name Welland (post 1700) +

  • Colin Welland (1934-2015), British Academy Award and BAFTA awartd winning actor and screenwriter, known for his work on Kes (1969), Straw Dogs (1971) and Chariots of Fire (1981)


  1. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXVX-PWG : 6 December 2014), Betsy Ann Welland, 12 Jul 1907; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Adriatic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QR-8T1 : 6 December 2014), Henrietta C. Welland, 15 Mar 1919; citing departure port Amsterdam, arrival port New York, New York, ship name Hollandia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  9. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6XL-4J6 : 6 December 2014), Herbert George Welland, 30 Nov 1920; citing departure port CARDIFF, arrival port New York, ship name , NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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