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Early Origins of the Weylan family

The surname Weylan was first found in Devon at Welland which was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. 1

Alternatively, the name could have originated in Welland, Worcestershire, a parish, in the union of Upton-upon-Severn, Lower division of the hundred of Oswaldslow. 2 3

Yet another source notes the name literally means "dweller at the Spring-Land [Old English w(i)ell (a spring, well + land] or dweller by the River Welland, occurring in very late copies or versions of Latin charters of the Anglo-Saxon period as Weland and Weeland. " 4

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 include some of the earliest records and the earliest spellings of the family: William de Welond, Gloucestershire; Thomas Welond, Oxfordshire; and Richard Welond, Suffolk. 5

Thomas de Weyland (fl. 1272-1290), was an early English judge, "a member of a Norfolk family that since the beginning of the thirteenth century had possessed land at Oxburgh and elsewhere in that county. The name comes from Weyland, a wood near Watton, which gives its name to a Norfolk hundred. The family had also possessed lands in Ireland since about 1248, at which time one William de Weyland was in Ireland, in the service of Aymer de Valence (d. 1260), the half-brother of Henry III. This William is probably the same as the Sir William de Weyland whom a pedigree in Blomefield's 'Norfolk,' the father of Thomas the judge. This William is generally identified with the William de Weyland who was escheator south of Trent between 1261 and 1265, justice itinerant, holder of many particular assizes, and justice of the common pleas in 1272 and 1273. There were several other Weylands mentioned in the records of this time whose precise relationship to each other and to the judge is hard to determine. " 6

Early History of the Weylan family

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Weylan Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Welland, Weland, Weyland, Wayland, Welond, Welend, Wellond, Wellend and many more.

Early Notables of the Weylan family

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Migration of the Weylan family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.

  1. Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  5. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  6. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook