Wellys is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Wellys family lived in Lincolnshire
, at Wells.
Early Origins of the Wellys family
The surname Wellys 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Early History of the Wellys family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wellys research.Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1352, 1421, 1450, 1499, 1406, 1461 and are included under the topic Early Wellys History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wellys Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Wells, Welles, Well and others.
Early Notables of the Wellys family (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 Wellys Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wellys family to Ireland
Some of the Wellys 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.
Migration of the Wellys family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Wellys or a variant listed above: Gregory Wells, who arrived in Virginia in 1635; Thomas Wells of Rothwell, Northampton
, who settled in Connecticut in 1636, where he later became the Governor.