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In that part of north-east Scotland which spreads itself from the mountain ranges of Aberdeenshire to the coast of Banff and Buchan, lie the lands of the Clan Forbes; here the great houses and estates of the clan once there were no fewer than one hundred and fifty of them were situated along the winding rivers that flow eastwards and northwards especially along the valley of the Don. Overlookin.....


Heraldry Database: Welles

Welles







Surname:  Welles
Branch:  Welles
Origins:  British
More Info:  England

Background:  Welles is a surname of English origin. It derives from occupation, location, and topography. The occupational name (i.e. "Wellman") derives from the person responsible for a village's spring. The locational name (i.e. "Well") derives from the pre-7th century waella ("spring"). The topographical name (i.e. "Attewell") derives from living near a spring. The oldest public record is found in 1177 in the county of Norfolk. Variations of Wells include Well, Welman, Wells, Wellman and Wellsman. At the time of the British Census of 1881, its relative frequency was highest in Berkshire (3.2 times the British average), followed by Leicestershire, Oxfordshire, Kinross-shire, Huntingdonshire, Kent, Sussex, Lincolnshire, Dumfriesshire and Bedfordshire.


Motto:  Semper paratus, Always prepared.
Arms:  Ar. a lion, rampant, sa.


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Name Variations:  Welles, Well, Welman, Wells, Wellman, Wellsman, Wels.

References:
One or more of the following publications has been referenced for this article.
The General Armory; Sir Bernard Burke - 1842.
A Handbook of Mottoes; C.N. Elvin - 1860.
English Surnames; C.M. Matthews - 1966.
A Dictionary of English Surnames; P.H. Reaney - 1958.






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