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Wellman Name Meaning

English: topographic name from Middle English wel(le) ‘spring well stream’ + man ‘man’ for someone who lived by such a place. English: variant of Willman . Americanized form of German Wellmann . Swedish: ornamental or habitational name formed with an unexplained (placename) element + man ‘man’. The surname is in part also of German origin (see Wellmann compare 3 above).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Mellman, Wallman, Wellmann, Sellman, Kellman, Hellman, Bellman

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Where is the Wellman family from?

You can see how Wellman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wellman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wellman families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 34 Wellman families living in Ohio. This was about 20% of all the recorded Wellman's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Wellman families in 1840.
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What did your Wellman ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Wellman. 17% of Wellman men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Wellman women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wellman were Truck Driver and Saleslady. .

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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

  • Farmer
    17%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
  • Saleslady
    6%
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Census Records

There are 60,000 census records available for the last name Wellman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wellman 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Wellman. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Wellman. For the veterans among your Wellman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wellman lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Wellman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Wellman in 1944 was 28, and 73 in 2004.

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