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The name Welle comes from the German region of Westphalia. The tradition of adopting hereditary surnames came to Germany after the 12th century, and the names of places where people lived were a primary source. Many local names carry the prefix "von", meaning "of" or "from". It originally indicated land ownership, and is sometimes a mark of nobility. The Welle family originally lived by or near a spring. The name Welle is derived from the Low German word welle, which means spring or well. The er is a common suffix for German names. There are numerous places in the German states that were named Well, Welling,Waelling, and Wellingen or that contain these root words. For example, there are places named Wellingshofen and Wellinghusen in Holstein and there is a place called Wellingbuettel in Hamburg.

Welle Early Origins



The surname Welle was first found in the Rhineland and Westphalia, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. Chronicles first mention Nicolaus Weller of Liegnitz in Silesia in 1387, Heinrich Weller of Basel, Switzerland in the 13th century, and Heyne von Wellen of Haldesleben in the 14th century. Welle is a municipality in the district of Harburg, in Lower Saxony.

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Welle Spelling Variations


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Welle Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Welle include Well, Weller (Westphalia), Welle (Westphalia), Wellers, Wellner and many more.

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Welle Early History


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Welle Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Welle research. Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1705, 1711, 1774, 1811 and 1774 are included under the topic Early Welle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Welle Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Welle Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the period with the name Welle were Johann Jacob Well, who was ennobled in 1774 in reward for his outstanding services as a pharmacist and...

Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Welle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For many Germans, emigration to North America was an inviting alternative to the trials of life in the old country. From the mid-17th into the present century, thousands of Germans migrated across the Atlanti c. They capitalized on the chance to escape poverty and persecution, and to own their own land. After 1650, Germans settled throughout the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also landed in Canada, settling in Ontario or father west on the rich land of the prairies. Among them:

Welle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Ricd Welle, aged 17, arrived in Virginia in 1635

Welle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jean Pierre Welle, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1768

Welle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christoph Welle, who landed in America in 1834
  • Francis Welle, who arrived in New York, NY in 1843
  • Geertru Welle, aged 5, landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Gybertje Welle, aged 21, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Gysbertje Welle, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
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Contemporary Notables of the name Welle (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Welle (post 1700)



  • John P. Welle, American professor of Italian Studies and translator of poems from Italian to English, awarded the Raiziss/de Palchi Book Prize in 1999

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    2. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    3. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    4. 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).
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    7. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    8. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    9. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    10. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    11. ...

    The Welle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Welle 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 22 March 2016 at 19:01.

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