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Where did the Irish Welsh family come from? What is the Irish Welsh family crest and coat of arms? When did the Welsh family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Welsh family history?

With the arrival of the Norman invasion of Ireland in the 11th century came new naming traditions to the eastern region of Ireland. These new naming traditions actually meshed fairly well with the pre-existing Irish traditions. Both cultures made significant use of hereditary surnames. And like the native Irish, the Strongbownians often used prefixes to build patronymic surnames, which are names based on the given name of the initial bearer's father or another older relative. Strongbow's followers often created names that were built with the prefix Fitz-, which was derived from the French word fils, and ultimately from the Latin filius, both of which mean son. They also used diminutive suffixes such as -ot, -et, -un, -in, or -el, and occasionally even two suffixes combined to form a double diminutive such as -el-in, -el-ot, -in-ot, and -et-in, to build patronymic names. The surname Welsh is derived from Breat(h)nach which literally means Welshman. Phillip Brenagh, known as "Phillip the Welshman" was likely the progenitor of the family. Phillip and his brother David arrived with Strongbow, in 1170.

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During the lifetime of an individual person, his name was often spelt by church officials and medieval scribes the way it sounded. An examination of the many different origins of each name has revealed many spelling variations for the name: Walsh, Welsh, Welch, Brannagh and others.

First found in Counties Kilkenny, Leix, and Waterford, in Ireland, where they held a family seat from 1170.


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Welsh Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Welsh research. Another 257 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1170, 1606, 1615, 1618, 1688, 1604, 1580, 1654, 1618 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Welsh History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Welsh Early Notables



Another 97 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Welsh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Ireland's Great Potato Famine left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Welsh:

Welsh Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Mary Welsh, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Nich Welsh, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Thomas Welsh, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1645
  • Walter Welsh, who landed in Maryland in 1668
  • Margaret Welsh, who arrived in Maryland in 1677


Welsh Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Judith Welsh, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Grace Welsh, who landed in Virginia in 1711
  • Ellin Welsh, who landed in Virginia in 1715
  • Elinor Welsh, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • Hannah Welsh, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746


Welsh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Roger Welsh, aged 24, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Edmund Welsh, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Louisa Welsh, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Martin Welsh, aged 36, landed in New York in 1812
  • Joseph Welsh, aged 42, landed in New York in 1812


Welsh Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Maurice Welsh, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752

Welsh Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • John Welsh, aged 23, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Rebecca Welsh, aged 23, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Patrick Welsh, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Alfred J Welsh, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862
  • James Welsh, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862


Welsh Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Welsh arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846
  • John Welsh, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Peter Welsh, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Ansty Welsh arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orator" in 1849
  • T. Welsh arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cheapside" in 1849


Welsh Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • William Welsh landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843
  • Michael Welsh arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
  • Mary Welsh arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864
  • Isabella Welsh, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • Charles Welsh, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872


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  • Stanley Larson Welsh (b. 1928), American botanist, Professor of integrative biology at the Brigham Young University for 44 years
  • Matthew Empson Welsh (1912-1995), American politician, 41st Governor of Indiana (1961 to 1965)
  • Thomas Jerome Welsh (1922-2009), American Roman Catholic Bishop of Allentown (1983 to 1997)
  • Chris Welsh (b. 1955), former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Mr. Martin Welsh (d. 1915), Irish Trimmer from Mayo, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
  • Mr. Christopher Welsh (d. 1915), Irish Trimmer from Mayo, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. John Welsh, English 3rd Class passenger from Manchester, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mrs. Margaret  Welsh, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Thomas Welsh (d. 1914), British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Brian Welsh (b. 1969), Scottish football player and coach

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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: Transfixus sed non mortuus
Motto Translation: Transfixed but not dead.

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The Welsh Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Welsh Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 24 June 2015 at 23:05.

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