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Origins of the Welsh surname

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About the Welshs

We have a total number of 150250 records for people with the last name Welsh.

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Where do most Welshs live?

In 1921, most Welshs lived in North East.

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Interesting facts about Welshs

How common is your surname?

453rd most common surname in the UK

We have 90,900 records for the Welsh surname. The oldest one dates back to 1559.

Who were Welshs most likely to marry?




Our Marriage record sets tell us which families married Welshs.

What are the most common Welsh first names?

  • John
  • James
  • Mary
  • Margaret

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

Common jobs for Welshs

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

Common Female occupations for Welshs in 1921
Domestic Servant








General Servant


Common Male occupations for Welshs in 1921
Coal Miner


General Labourer


Dock Labourer




Agricultural Labourer


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