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Early Origins of the Welsman family

The surname Welsman was first found in Montgomeryshire (Welsh: Sir Drefaldwyn), located in mid-Eastern Wales, one of thirteen historic counties, and anciently the medieval kingdom of Powys Wenwynwyn. Conjecturally they descend from Rolf de Valeys who held the manor and castle of Yaire. Adam the Welshman (c. 1130-1181) was a Welsh theologian and Bishop of St Asaph from 1175 to 1181. Little is known of his life and many people believe he was one in the same as Adam of Balsham ((c. 1100-1157.)

Early History of the Welsman family

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Welsman Spelling Variations

There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Welsman have included Welshman, Welchman and others.

Early Notables of the Welsman family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Welsman family to the New World and Oceana

During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Welsman:

Welsman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Becky Welsman, aged 11, who settled in America from London, in 1903
  • Benjamin Welsman, aged 41, who landed in America from London, in 1903
  • Edward Rufus Welsman, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1903
  • Isadore Welsman, aged 4, who landed in America from London, in 1903
  • Joseph Welsman, aged 9, who emigrated to America from London, in 1903
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Welsman Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Margaret J. Welsman, aged 50, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1917

Contemporary Notables of the name Welsman (post 1700)

  • John Welsman (b. 1955), Canadian composer
  • Jennifer Welsman, Canadian ballet dancer
  • Frank Squire Welsman (1873-1952), Canadian conductor
  • Carol Welsman (b. 1960), Canadian five-time Juno Award nominated jazz vocalist and pianist

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