First name origin & meaning:
Old English: From the springs
First name variations: Welles, Welborne, Welby, Weldon, Welford, Welton, Wells
Last name origins & meanings:
- Southern English: topographic name for someone who lived by a
stream, an agent derivative of Well.
- North German: variant
of Welle, cognate with 1.
- German: from an agent
derivative of Middle High German wëllen ‘to roll, revolve,
or smear’, hence an occupational name for someone who made wattle and daub
- German: from Middle High German wëllen ‘to cause
to boil or simmer’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a smelter,
cook, or the like.
- German: from Middle High German wëlle
‘roll’, ‘bale’, hence a metonymic occupational name for someone who
sold cloth or wool, for example.
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