First name origins & meanings:
- English: Inquisitive
- Old English: From the springs
First name variations: Hough, Houghton, Howell, Howel, Howden, Howe, Walls, Welce, Welch, Welsh, Walsh, Welles, Weller, Welborne, Welby, Weldon, Welford, Welton
Last name origins & meanings:
- English: habitational name from any of several places named
with the plural of Old English well(a) ‘spring’, ‘stream’, or a
topopgraphical name from this word (in its plural form), for example
Wells in Somerset or Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk.
- Translation of French Dupuis or any of its variants.
- One of numerous early immigrants from England bearing this name was
Thomas Welles, governor of colonial CT, who was in Hartford,
CT, by 1636.
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