Welsh History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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.

Early Origins of the Welsh family

The surname Welsh was first found in Counties Kilkenny, Leix, and Waterford, in Ireland, where they held a family seat from 1170.

Important Dates for the Welsh family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Welsh research. Another 129 words (9 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Welsh Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Welsh family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family up to this time was Rev. Peter Walsh (1618-1688), who wrote "The Loyal Remonstrance"; for which he was excommunicated from the Franciscan Order; John Walsh...
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Welsh migration to the United States

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 [1]
  • Nich Welsh, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Thomas Welsh, who arrived in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1645 [1]
  • Walter Welsh, who landed in Maryland in 1668 [1]
  • Margaret Welsh, who arrived in Maryland in 1677 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Welsh Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Judith Welsh, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [1]
  • Grace Welsh, who landed in Virginia in 1711 [1]
  • Ellin Welsh, who landed in Virginia in 1715 [1]
  • Elinor Welsh, who arrived in Virginia in 1717 [1]
  • Hannah Welsh, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Welsh Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Roger Welsh, aged 24, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • Edmund Welsh, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]
  • Louisa Welsh, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • Martin Welsh, aged 36, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Joseph Welsh, aged 42, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Welsh migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Welsh Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Maurice Welsh, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Mr. Francis Welsh U.E. who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 member of the Penobscot Association [2]
  • Mr. Joseph Welsh U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Thomas Welsh U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he served in the Loyalists [2]
  • Mr. Thomas Welsh U.E., (Walsh) who settled in Canada c. 1784 [2]
Welsh Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Welsh, aged 23, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Rebecca Welsh, aged 23, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833
  • Patrick Welsh, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Welsh migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Welsh Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edward Welsh (b. 1783), aged 35, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 27th March 1817, sentenced for 7 years for stealing a parcel, property of Martin Tapson of St. German's, transported aboard the ship "Lady Castlereagh" on 22nd December 1817 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [3]
  • Joseph Welsh, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846 [4]
  • John Welsh, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Peter Welsh, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on March 6, 1848, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [5]
  • Ansty Welsh, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orator" in 1849 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Welsh migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Welsh Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Welsh, Cornish settler travelling from Launceston, UK aboard the ship "Brazil Packet" arriving in Hokianga, North Island, New Zealand in 1836 [7]
  • William Welsh, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843
  • Mr. Peter Welsh, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Jura" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 23rd September 1858 [7]
  • Mr. John Welsh, Canadian settler travelling from Prince Edward Island aboard the ship "Prince Edward" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 13th May 1859 [8]
  • Mr. John Welsh, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Robert Henderson" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 3rd September 1860 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Welsh (post 1700)

  • 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
  • Ms. Moira Elspeth Forbes Welsh B.E.M.,, British Postwoman for Balquhidder Glen, was appointed Medallist of the British Empire Medal 29th December 2018 for services to the community in Balquhidder Glen [9]
  • Thomas Welsh (1781-1848), English vocalist, born at Wells, Somerset, son of John Welsh, by his wife, a daughter of Thomas Linley the elder
  • John Welsh (1824-1859), Scottish meteorologist, born at Boreland in the stewartry of Kirkcudbright, eldest son of George Welsh of Craigenputtock
  • James Welsh (1775-1861), Scottish general, Madras infantry, son of John Welsh, a Scotsman
  • David Welsh (1793-1845), Scottish divine and author, youngest son of David Welsh, sheep farmer, of Earlshaugh and Tweedshaws, born at Braefoot, Moffat
  • Brian Welsh (b. 1969), Scottish football player and coach
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Welsh family

Empress of Ireland
Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Margaret  Welsh, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [11]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Martin Welsh, Irish Trimmer from Mayo, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered [12]
  • Mr. Christopher Welsh, Irish Trimmer from Mayo, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. John Welsh, English 3rd Class passenger from Manchester, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [13]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ISABELLA WATSON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846IsabellaWatson.htm
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anna Maria voyage to Van Diemen's Land or Port Phillip, Australia in 1848 with 190 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anna-maria/1848
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The ORATOR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Orator.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  10. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  11. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  12. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  13. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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