Last name: Welch

This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon and Northern European origins. Recorded in the Isles of Britain as a surname in the spellings of Walsh, Walshe, Welch, Welsh, Walch, Welshman and Walshman, it is or rather was, the word used by both the invading Anglo-Saxons of the 5th century a.d. onwards, and the later Vikings of the 7th century, to describe the local "natives" of the area that they were seeking to conquer.. The derivation is from "waelisc", meaning a stranger or foreigner, the word in its various spelling forms being found throughout Northern Europe. Early examples of the surname recordings taken from authentic rolls and registers of the medieval period include Margery Wellis in the Subsidy Rolls of the county of Essex in the year 1327, and Roger Welch in the 1334 Court Rolls of the borough of Colchester, also in Essex. In the late medieval period the word could also have been a nickname for a person from Wales, as in the example quoted by Geoffrey Chaucer in his famous book "Piers Plowman" as follows - "and Rose the Dyssheres, Godefram of Garlekhithe, and Griffyn the Walshe ..." The surname, although not in a hereditary spelling, is also found in early Irish recordings with Haylen de Walsh of Waterford, being the son of Phillip the Welshman, one of the invaders of 1170. The first hereditary holding of the family name is probably that of Simon Welsche, which was dated 1279. This was in the "Hundred Rolls" of Bedfordshire, England, during the reign of King Edward 1st, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307.

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Leigh Welch

Welch by marriage. Oliver being my maiden name. Not too many Welch's around this neck of the woods. Shropshire/Herefordshire. I do know a few of my husbands family moved to USA.


We're Welch's from Leicestershire, only know that we've been around this area for around 100 years. Not much knowledge of before that.

John Welch
My ancestor was John Welch of Ayr , who married John Knox's daughter. John Knox was the founder of the protestant church. John Welch of Ayr is refered to as the son of the Lard,or Lord of Colleston. We are from SW Scottland, Ayrshire.

Elizabeth Welch Coco

We know that my ancestor Robert Welch was born in 1700 in Ireland, County Monaghan, we believe and married Anne Hollandsworth, had a son John Welch, born 1721. They, or Robert and his son John without Ann, migrated to US (Baltimore) We believe Robert or his father was from Scotland originally and moved to Ireland but I have been unable to trace back beyond 1700. It is likely he came from Ayrshire (SW Scotland) due to proximity to Northern Ireland but I don't know how to trace back further, but I wonder if there is any possibility of a relation to your John Welch of Ayrshire or if you know of any Welches who migrated from Scotland to Ireland?

nick welch
from upstate NY

Jerry Welch
Any family in Florida. My grandpa from Fort Green Florida , birthplace 1916

janet welch abercrombie
i was told we are from wales and of irish decent

Charles Welch
I have no knowledge of my family history. I wish I did.

janet welch abercrombie
my fathers name was billy carl welch born in harland co ky his father was otis welch my father married della rosetta bray she was of indian decent any one with infomation please send me an e-mail at

Kimberly baumann
my mothers madien name is welch. My grandfathers names was charles w welch. We were told that his mother was choctaw and were not sure who his father is he died when my mom was very young. He was a drinker and had a heart attack. So we never really knew anything about him. My grandmother I guess doesnt really remember.

Andrew Welch
born 1984 in Manchester England. Father David 1957 also from Manchester. grandfather Norman born1920 isle of white, settled in Manchester post 1945. before that its a bit sketchy, His father we believe was called William was one of nine children (or his grandfather we can't be sure) was from Kilkenny Ireland

Gregory Welch
I would like to know my full family history

John Welch
I'm a Welch and I'm Irish. All my ancestors are from Ireland as well. I always thought my name was Irish not English. I wonder about the validity of this article.

Joseph Welch
I'm an Irish welch too. Was told we were from ballibunyan???

Heather Welch
Thats interesting Susan - my great grandparents were Welch's who lives in Peckham in the late 1800's - I wonder if we are related? Heather

Hi Heather Thanks for your message about the W|elch family. My Gt.Grand father was Frank Edward Welch b1879 in Aylesbury, lived in Camberwell from about 1891 and married in 1901 to Alice Shearing. does this help with your Welch's? regards from Susan

Alfie elch
Think my old man traced our line of Welch's back to 1800s round the Covent Garden area. And I agree with John I do think the name derives from Ireland as there would have been a lot of Irish people coming to London where the names seems to be popular during the famine maybe? But also heard the name Welch derives to Welch on a bet (to go back on an agreed bet)

My Welch ancestors came from Aylesbury,Buckinghamshire and moved to Greenwich and Peckham,London in the late 1800s