Wellman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wellman family

The surname Wellman was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from ancient times and the Chief branch resided at Ilchester, but the senior branched removed to Poundsford Park in that shire.

Welham is a parish, in the union of Mahket-Harborough, hundred of Gartree, S. division of the county of Leicester. [1] ANd Welham is a village in the civil parish of Clarborough and Welham, in the district of Bassetlaw, Nottinghamshire. Both date back to the Domesday Book where they were listed as Weleham and Wellun, respectively. It is thought that the place names mean "homestead by the stream" and/or "place at the springs." [2]

Early History of the Wellman family

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Wellman Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Welman, Wellman and others.

Early Notables of the Wellman family (pre 1700)

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United States Wellman migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wellman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Christian Wellman, aged 43, who landed in Bermuda in 1635 [3]
  • Richard Wellman, who landed in Virginia in 1639 [3]
  • Thomas Wellman, who arrived in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1650 [3]
  • Joseph Wellman, who landed in Virginia in 1657 [3]
  • Henry Wellman, who arrived in Maryland in 1676 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Wellman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mr. & Mrs. Wellman, who arrived in New Orleans in 1822
  • Hermann Frederick Wellman, aged 25, who landed in St Louis, Missouri in 1840 [3]
  • Cathrine Wellman, aged 21, who arrived in New York, NY in 1848 [3]
  • James Wellman, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [3]

Canada Wellman migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wellman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Joannah Wellman settled at Harbour Grace, Newfoundland in 1825 [4]
  • John Wellman from Twillingate settled at Wellman's Bight, Newfoundland, in 1847 [4]
  • Edmund Wellman was a fisherman of Carbonear in 1850

Contemporary Notables of the name Wellman (post 1700) +

  • Gary James Wellman (b. 1967), former professional American football wide receiver
  • Paul Iselin Wellman (1895-1966), American journalist, popular history and novel writer, and screenwriter
  • Casey Jay Wellman (b. 1987), American professional ice hockey center
  • Samuel Thomas Wellman (1847-1919), American steel industry pioneer, industrialist, and prolific inventor
  • Mark Wellman, American author, filmmaker, Paralympian, and motivational speaker
  • Dorothy Coonan Wellman (1913-2009), American actress and dancer
  • Walter Wellman (1858-1934), American journalist, explorer, and aëronaut
  • Brad Eugene Wellman (b. 1959), American Major League Baseball infielder
  • Robert Joseph Wellman (1925-1994), American professional baseball player, manager and scout
  • Mac Wellman (b. 1945), American playwright, author, and poet
  • ... (Another 25 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Arthur C Wellman (b. 1913), English Stoker Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Southampton, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [5]


The Wellman Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Dei providentia juvat
Motto Translation: The providence of God is our help.


Suggested Readings for the name Wellman +

  • 2815 "A Genealogical Record of Some Descendants of Bennett Wellman of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Kentucky, and North Carolina" by Herbert V. Lane, "In Memory of Abijah Joslyn Wellman, 1836 to 1889" by The Friendship Landmark Society.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  5. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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