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The Welsfort surname and its variations are habitation names that have been taken on from various place names in Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Northhantsford, and elsewhere. These place names are generally derived from the Old English "welig," meaning "willow," or "well," denoting "a spring," combined with "ford."

Early Origins of the Welsfort family


The surname Welsfort was first found in Berkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Welford which was held by the Abingdon Abbey and was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

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Early History of the Welsfort family

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Early History of the Welsfort family


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Welsfort Spelling Variations

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Welsfort Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Welford, Wellford, Welsford, Wellsford and others.

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Early Notables of the Welsfort family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Welsfort family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Welsfort family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Welsfort family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Robt. Welford, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1805; Thomas Wellford, whose oath of Allegiance was recorded in Philadelphia in 1815; Samuel Wellsford, who arrived in New York, NY in 1822.

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  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

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