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The history of the Welles family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived in Lincolnshire, at Wells.

Welles Early Origins



The surname Welles 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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Welles Spelling Variations


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Welles Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Wells, Welles, Well and others.

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Welles Early History


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Welles Early History



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

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Welles Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Welles 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 Welles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Welles In Ireland


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Welles In Ireland



Some of the Welles 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


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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Welles or a variant listed above were:

Welles Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Hugh Welles, who landed in Massachusetts in 1635
  • Thomas Welles (15901659), English settler to Connecticut from Warwickshire in 1635, Governor of Connecticut in 1637, the first Treasurer of the Colony of Connecticut, and later was the colony's Secretary
  • Edward Welles, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1645

Welles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Maria Welles, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1854

Welles Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Welles arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Brankenmore" in 1846

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Contemporary Notables of the name Welles (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Welles (post 1700)



  • Thomas T. Welles, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from North Stonington, 1824
  • Thomas Welles, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Coventry, 1918
  • Thaddeus Welles, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Glastonbury, 1836-37; Member of Connecticut State Senate 2nd District, 1859
  • Samuel R. Welles, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Seneca County, 1867, 1881
  • Martin Welles, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Wethersfield, 1824-27, 1831-32; Speaker of the Connecticut State House of Representatives, 1831-32
  • Muriel Welles, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for California, 1952
  • M. L. Welles, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Governor of Wisconsin, 1922
  • Joseph Welles, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from New Hartford, 1833
  • John T. Welles, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Wethersfield; Elected 1906
  • John Welles Jr., American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Stratford, 1834
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  11. ...

The Welles Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Welles 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.

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