Wellsted History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Wellsted family

The surname Wellsted was first found in Cambridgeshire where the first on record was Robert de Wellested who was listed there in 1305. Later Walter atte Wellesheuede, atte Willeshefde was listed in 1327 and 1333 in Somerset and in this case the name could have been derived from Wellshead, near Exford. The name literally meant 'dweller at the upper end of the stream', from Old English heafod 'head' and wella. [1]

Another source notes the name is "derived from a geographical locality. 'at the well stead,' i.e. the dwelling or homestead by the well. I cannot find the spot. It is clear, however, that it is a West-country name. The variants are somewhat numerous." [2]

Early History of the Wellsted family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wellsted research. Another 49 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1585, 1608, 1741, 1688, 1747, 1667, 1685, 1692, 1671, 1735, 1717, 1718, 1734 and 1735 are included under the topic Early Wellsted History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wellsted Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Wellstead, Wesllsted, Wellsteed, Wellsted, Wellstood, Welstead, Willstead, Willsteed, Wellshead, Welstood, Welsted, Wellstead, Willsteed and many more.

Early Notables of the Wellsted family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Leonard Welsted (1688-1747), English poet, born at Abington, Northamptonshire. "His father, Leonard Welsted, was elected from Westminster school to Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1667; was prebendary of York, and rector of Abington from 1685 to 1692, when he became vicar...
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Migration of the Wellsted family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.


Contemporary Notables of the name Wellsted (post 1700) +

  • James Raymond Wellsted (1805-1842), English surveyor and traveller, born in 1805, Secretary to Sir Charles Malcolm, superintendent of the Bombay marine (1828-1829), he traveled extensively on the Arabian Peninsula in the 1830s [3]
  • Raife William Wellsted (1929-2012), British philatelist, inducted into the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists in 1985, President of the Postal History Society in 1965 and 1981


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 30 Jan. 2019


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