Last name: Welsh

This ancient surname recorded in a number of spellings including Welch, Welsh and Walsh, has two distinct sources. The first is medieval English, and the second of Irish origin. The English form of the name derives from the Anglo-Saxon (German) word "wealisc" meaning a stranger or foreigner, and this was originally given as an ethnic name to the "natives" of the lands that were being conquered. Early English examples of the surname from this source include Simon Welsche of Bedfordshire, in 1279, and Roger Welch of Colchester, Essex, in 1334. In Ireland the principle spelling form is Walsh, now the fourth most numerous surname in Ireland after Murphy, Kelly and Sullivan. It is said that it is an Anglicised translation of the Gaelic "Breathnach", meaning British, and also found in the surname Brannagh. Either way Walsh became established in all four Irish provinces soon after the Cambro-Norman Invasion of 1169 - 1170. They are claimed to descend from Philip, the Welshman, the father of the first recorded bearer of the surname, and the leading members of this family established themselves as landed gentry at Castlehowel in County Kilkenny; and at Ballykileavan in County Leix. Other examples of the surname recording taken from surviving church registers include James, the son of Thomas and Elinor Welsh, christened at Southam, Warwickshire, on Devcember 21st 1595, whilst on June 2nd 1653, Jeane Welsh married Daniell Goldsmith at St. John the Evangelist, Dublin. The first recorded spelling of the family name is believed to be that of Hayden Walsh, which was dated 1170, in the "Ancient Records of Ireland". This was during the reign of Rory O'Conor, the last native High King of Ireland, 1166 - 1175.

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william welsh

my 2x great Grandfather Daniel Welsh and family moved from Edinburgh Saint Cuthberts to Newcastle/Tyne before the 1861 census and his parents were named John and Elizabeth Welsh

Kathryn Welsh
Daughter of Bernard Rhodes Welsh who was the son of James Welsh. My father was born in Walsall West Midlands UK and I understand his father came from County Waterford but I do not know which parish.

I am Terry Lee Welsh of Port Huron, Michigan, USA. Son of Harvey Earl Welsh Jr.

Naomi Welsh
I am Naomi Welsh, from Northern Ireland, daughter of Robin and Ruth Welsh

kammy welsh
from glasgow

Marsha Welsh
I am Marsha Welsh, second daughter of Henry Warren Welsh III. Obviously, he is a third in the line of men named the same, hoping someone would know the origins as he isn't willing to tell me. My hope is to find other members who might have better knowledge of our Welsh family. My fathers side of the family is from Minnesota, Henry Warren Welsh II was married to Dana Patterson and they had 2 sons (Peter Welsh and my father) and 1 daughter (Leslie Welsh). Any other family members, I have no knowledge on as my parents were concerned with my knowing them.

Hi my name is Stephen Welsh son of michael welsh and don't have anymore info about his parents I live in Newcastle upon Tyne and wanted to know where my last name comes from and it seems to be Irish

Andrew Welsh
I am Andrew T. Welsh son of Donald Welsh Jr.. Grandson of Donald Welsh and that's all I know.

sandi welsh gilbert
Hi Andrew, my great grandfather is also named Donald Welsh born 1837. he married Elizabeth Mcdonald.are we related?

Gavin Welsh
Hi my name Gavin Welsh i have been trying to trace my Family name but i am not sure where to start as i know very little when it comes to my father apart from his name Harry and he was from Newcastle. I now have a son William Welsh and a daughter Daisy Welsh and would like to be able to give them some history when they are older can anyone help

Marsha Welsh
My father's name is Henry Welsh, and his family is mainly from New York and Illinois via Wales. You might have better luck with Good Luck!!

linda welsh
hiya jane where are you dad had a brother john sutherland but he died years ago.he also had a brother bobby and sisters janice and julia.think we must be realated somehow.

Jane Welsh
Linda - My fathers name is John Sutherland Welsh. I always thought it was quite a different name, but obviously not. I wonder if they're related in any way? His father was from Scotland also (not sure where) and had 3 brothers - Bill, Frank & Colin

William Welsh, son of Neil Welsh Jnr, son of Neil Welsh Snr, living in Carrickfergus Northern Ireland

linda welsh
linda welsh daughter of william sutherland welsh.born about 1950 in stirling.died in 2007 still living in bannockburn stirling.