Welstone is a name that first reached England
following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Welstone family lived in Northamptonshire, at Weldon.
Early Origins of the Welstone family
The surname Welstone was first found in Northamptonshire where they held a family seat
as Lords of the manor of Weldon, and are conjecturally descended from Robert de Bucy, a Norman Baron
who acquired Weldon, an ancient Roman villa, from Olaf, from King William for his assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
"The Tower, the manorial seat of the ancient family of Welton [in Northumberland], is fast going to decay; there are still remaining in tolerable preservation, two handsome rooms with Oriel windows. The Hall, an ancient mansion which, according to an inscription on the walls, was repaired in 1614, is still occupied." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Welton is also a village and civil parish in the East Riding of Yorkshire which literally means "farmstead by a spring or stream." CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Early History of the Welstone family
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Welstone Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Welstone are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Welstone include Weldon, Veldon, Velton and others.
Early Notables of the Welstone family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Welstone family to Ireland
Some of the Welstone family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 89 words (6 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 Welstone family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Welstone, or a variant listed above: William Weldon who settled in Virginia in 1619; another William Weldon who settled in Virginia in 1624; Ann Weldon settled in Fort Cumberland
, Nova Scotia in 1774 with her children, Andrew, Elizabeth, Thomas, and Ann.
The Welstone Motto
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: Bene factum
Motto Translation: Benefits