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Wells Family History

Wells Name Meaning
English: habitational name from any of several places named with the plural of Old English well(a) ‘spring’, ‘stream’, or a topopgraphical name from this word (in its plural form), for example Wells in Somerset or Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk.Translation of French Dupuis or any of its variants.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

7,223,677 Historical Documents with Wells on Ancestry.com
1,588,354 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
194,266 Military Records
82,711 Immigration Records
1,240,579 Census and Voter Lists
4,117,767 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Wells Families

  • Number of Wells families
     965 - 1,927
     322 - 964
     1 - 321
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Wells families
     2,658 - 5,313
     887 - 2,657
     1 - 886
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Wells families
     89 - 176
     30 - 88
     1 - 29
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Wells census records

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Wells Family Origin

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Wells Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Wells

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Wells Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Wells census records

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Wells Civil War Service Records

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