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Wellesley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Early Origins of the Wellesley family


The surname Wellesley was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1220 when Christiana Welleslegh held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Wellesley family


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Wellesley Spelling Variations


Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Wellesley were recorded, including Wellersley, Wellesley, Wellsley, Wellesleghe and many more.

Early Notables of the Wellesley family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Wellesley family to Ireland


Some of the Wellesley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Wellesley family to the New World and Oceana


To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Wellesley family emigrate to North America: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.

Contemporary Notables of the name Wellesley (post 1700)


  • Charles Wellesley (1873-1946), American actor
  • Richard Wellesley (1760-1842), 1st Marquess Wellesley, Irish peer, statesman, and Governor-General of India
  • Henry Wellesley (1773-1847), 1st Baron Cowley, Irish diplomat
  • Lord George Wellesley (1889-1967), British soldier
  • Lady Elizabeth Wellesley (b. 1918), British socialite
  • Elizabeth Wellesley (1820-1904), Duchess of Wellington, Mistress of the Robes
  • Lord Charles Wellesley (1808-1858), British politician
  • Charles Wellesley (b. 1945), 9th Duke of Wellington, British politician and businessman
  • Valerian Wellesley (1915-2014), 8th Duke of Wellington, British soldier
  • Gerald Wellesley (1885-1972), 7th Duke of Wellington, British soldier and diplomat
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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