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Early Origins of the Wellcome family

The surname Wellcome was first found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, 1 indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Welcome, a Norman Baron named Wolfrun, who was under-tenant to the Bishop of Coutances who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Wellcome family

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Wellcome Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Welcome, Wellcombe, Welcome, Wellcome, Willcume, Welcombe, Wellcombe, Willcombe, Willcumbe, Willicome, Willicombe, Welcomme, Wellicome and many more.

Early Notables of the Wellcome family

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Migration of the Wellcome family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers were recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled on the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Boston, to Virginia, to Florida, and to the islands..

Contemporary Notables of the name Wellcome (post 1700) +

  • Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome FRS (1853-1936), American-born, British pharmaceutical entrepreneur who founded the pharmaceutical company Burroughs Wellcome & Company and the Wellcome Trust

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8) on Facebook