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Welles Name Meaning

English: variant of Wells .

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


Similar surnames: Walles, Weller, Elles, Wells, Willes, Bellis, Helle, Wellens, Welle

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Where is the Welles family from?

You can see how Welles families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Welles family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Welles families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 6 Welles families living in Massachusetts. This was about 33% of all the recorded Welles's in USA. Massachusetts had the highest population of Welles families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Welles surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Welles ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Welles. 19% of Welles men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Welles women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Welles were Clerk and Stenographer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    19%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Clerk
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Maid
    7%
  • Stenographer
    6%
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Census Records

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Welles. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Welles census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Welles. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Welles. For the veterans among your Welles ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Welles lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Welles life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1965. The average life expectancy for Welles in 1943 was 32, and 76 in 2004.

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