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Origins of the Wells surname

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What does the name Wells mean?

The Wells surname is English, and has two particular points of origin. Firstly it is a topographical name, given to those who lived at or near a well. It also can be found less commonly as a geographic name, relating to those who come from the area around Wells, Somerset, or Wells, Norfolk.

Alternative variations of the name Wells

Wells, Wels, Well, Wealls, Walls

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Where do most Wellses live?

In 1921, most Wellses lived in London.


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Interesting facts about Wellses

How common is your surname?

125th most common surname in the UK

We have 256,000 records for the Wells surname. The oldest one dates back to .

Who were Wellses most likely to marry?

Smiths

&

Johnsons

Our Marriage record sets tell us which families married Wellses.

What are the most common Wells first names?

  • William
  • John
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Wells family members

Common jobs for Wellses

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Wellses in 1921
Dressmaker

1,120

Laundress

831

Domestic Servant

610

General Servant Domestic

599

General Servant

463

Common Male occupations for Wellses in 1921
Agricultural Labourer

1,405

General Labourer

965

Carpenter

801

Farm Labourer

778

Bricklayer

646

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