The name Wels arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Wels family lived in Lincolnshire
, at Wells.
Early Origins of the Wels family
The surname Wels 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 Wels family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wels research.Another 169 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1352, 1421, 1450, 1499, 1406, 1461 and are included under the topic Early Wels History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wels Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations
characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Wells, Welles, Well and others.
Early Notables of the Wels 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 Wels Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wels family to Ireland
Some of the Wels 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 Wels family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families left England
, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Wels 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.