Last name: Wells

Recorded in several spellings including Well, Wells, Welman, Wellman and Wellsman, this is an English surname. It has a number of possible origins - topographical, locational, or even job descriptive. If locational, it originates from any of the various places such as Well near Bedale in North Yorkshire, or Wells in the county of Norfolk and in Somerset. However spelt all derive from the pre 7th century word "waella" which describes not a well, but a spring, and probably one that was associated with a holy place. "Wells next the sea", in Norfolk is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Guelle". As a topographical surname it denotes residence at or by such a spring or well, as in Roger Attewell of the county of Sussex in the year 1200. This is also a surname that survives in modern times as Attwell. As an occupational name with the suffix "-man", this probably denoted somebody responsible for looking after the village spring, although not necessarily in any other way associated with the various places called Well or Wells. Early examples of church register recordings include Robert Wells, who was christened on January 7th 1557, at Christchurch Greyfriars, in the city of London, whilst Richard Wellman was recorded at St Georges Chapel, Hanover Square, Westminster, on March 1st 1730. Ann Wells, at the age of 15 years, was an early emigrant to the New World. She left London on the ship "Planter" in 1635, bound for Virginia Colony. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Toke de Wells. This was dated 1177, in the pipe rolls of the county of Norfolk, during the reign of King Henry 11nd of England, 1154 - 1189. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Andrew R Wells
omg this is like finding a new family! I'm a wells from south east england - in east sussex :)

kreg wells
I am a Wells also. I am from west tennessee. my father and his family live in chicago area. my grandfather frank died in the mid nineties and he is from kentucky. i do not know anyone on the wells side to ask ant questions. any help??

buck wells
wow, ok, i had no idea so many wells were around from the east :) name here is Buck (keith) wells, dad was Loren wells, grandad was Ad wells, and great grandad was Lee wells from somewhere in ILL. Lee settled in the powder river basin of wyoming in the late 1800's but so far thats all i know , at that time very little other than native americans were here.

austin wells
Im a Wells for new Jersey USA. I had no idea there were so many of us!

lee wells
i never knew there were so many wellsys in america cor mate im a born n bred east londoner and i took me mums maiden name cos me dad was a proper toby jug anyway me grandad was aproper wells and he was proper

Chuck Wells
Hail to "Wells" of every stripe and no matter where ye be located.

John Robertson Wells
South Ga. here !

Cameron Wells
SC here

I am a wells from California USA. mother was born here, but my grandfather was born in Oklahoma Usa.

Nancy Wells
I am a wells born and bred in Long Island Bahamas

Michael Wells
I live in North Texas, US. Related to one of the fighters at the Alamo George Wells. A cousin has traced our lineage back to the UK with a very remote link to Longshanks.

Brady L Wells
I am from San Augustine, Texas and like to find out my history! I am 14. I was told I am descended from Zorobabel Wells.

Franklin D. Wells
Live in Idaho, family came from New York/Conn. area. Thomas Wells was first member of family in America. He was from Essex England.

James Wells

I am James of House Wells, born and bred in Cornwall, UK.


Hi in Shauna wells from IRELAND my dad is from Tasmanian.


hi my name is barbara wells. i guess im your family if your last name is wells?

gemma wells

Im gemma wells I live in hull uk :-)

Julian Wells
I was born in Jamaica I have lived their for most of my life. I don't know my father or anyone on his side of the family.....growing up I never met anyone with my surname,it's good to finally see that I'm not alone. I now reside I Georgia, hopefully I'll get the chance to meet face to face with a "Wells".

Ryan Wells

Wells from Kentucky, USA

Jamie Wells
Wells from BridgeCreek, Oklahoma

Nick Wells
Wells family based in Philadelphia

Mark Wells
I live in Alpharetta, GA. My Grandfather was named Maldred Wells and I believe they originally came from Ohio. Don't know much else about the ancestry.

Barbara Wells Munson
If you're a male Wells by birth and you're not participating in the Wells Y-DNA project, please consider doing so. They're especially looking for male Wells in the UK, as that area is under represented. I live in Louisiana, my dad was from New Jersey, and the only person his DNA matches lives in Wales. Please participate! The link to the study's page is here:

Joseph Wells
I'm Joseph Wells from south Texas, my dad was from Abilene TX, that's all I know sadly

Mary Wells from Oklahoma
My great grandfather's name was Pinkerton Wells who possibly lived in Texas.

Matthew wells
I am a wells in Australia my grandparents are from Kent-England and Wiltshire-England

Shane Wells
Origin-Hawkesworth England,born Australia,

Cristal Wells
Im from the islands trinidad and tobago....trying to figure out my lastname roots my grandfather is from Grenada

Kerry Lynn Wells
My parents born in MO but did my DNA, traces back to Ireland; Britain.

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