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Wells and Other Ancestors

by Dave Wells - member of the Mayflower Society

This series of family and individual pages with written Wells lineage is an extract of my direct line ancestors from a 10,000 person, fully linked database compiled since 1983. The photo below is my Great Grandfather's family, consisting of his wife, 9 children and their spouses, as well as his brother-in-law & spouse - taken in Sept 1907.

The webpages on this site are organized into both family pages and individual pages as well as tree charts. It is possible to navigate up and down the family tree or via either page style.
Note: The sources and references for the data are not shown in order to maintain focus and save space, as well as to encourage interested parties to contact me for more information, corrections or additional contributions. I am quite willing to share and exchange information with interested parties.

Wells - Origins of the Surname

    (From Heraldry·Names Mfg, Ballina, Co. Mayo, Ireland)
The surname Wells and it’s variants are of English origin as a topographical name for a person who resided near a well or a number of wells, a spring or stream. The name originated from the Middle English Well(e) or the Old English Well(a), meaning well. The name arose as a place name and the residents took on the name for theirs. In documentation of the time in latin the place name took on the form of de Fontibus. The name is on record from the latter quarter of the 12th century in a number of forms:  de Welles, Attewel, Welles, de la Welle. In Ireland the name is on record in Lelnster and Munster from the 13th century and is of English origin.
   Name Meaning: Dweller at the spring or well.
   Variants: Wel(s), Welle, Weller, Wel(l)man.
   Population: USA 124th, 181,551;  England & Wales 137th, 44,566. 
   Noted of the Name: Herbert George Wells (1866-1946) English Reformer / Science Fiction Writer; Orsen Welles (1915-1985) American Actor / Broadcaster / Director; Mary Wells (1943-1992) American Singer; George Wells (1909-2000) American Novelist / ScreenWriter; Horace Wells (1815-1848} American Physician, joint discoverer of GeneraI Anesthestic c.1840.


The Tunis Wells Family History© of my direct ancestors, complete with notes, sources, etc.

Index of my Wells family descendants and direct line ancestors (detailed here)
My entire Gedcom file on Rootsweb WorldConnect for all 10,000 related family members identified to date, including notes
Links to other Wells resources
Links to related family web sites

Primary Surnames


Akin, Alexander, Alford, Andrews, Armstrong


Barents, Beans, Bigene, Blank, Bogardus, Bowden, Bowman, Bowne, Brentlinger, Briggs, Brinkerhoef, Brouwer, Brown, Burdge


Carbaugh, Carew, Carr (Kerr), Carter, Caswell, Coerten, Colopy, Conrow, Cook, Cool, Cooper, Cowenhoven


Davidse, Daws, de Bize, de Lichte, de Plancken, Debockhurst, Demarest, Denk, Dorr, Drake, Dwyer


Eblin, Eicher, English


Farrar, Farrer, Fenton, Frediani


Gaddis, Gallaway, Gerrits, Grice, Griggs


Haight, Hastings, Havens, Head, Hill, Hine, Hoover, Hubbell, Hufford


Jackson, Jans/ Janse, Johnson


Karnath, Kennedy, Kerr(Carr), Kilpatrick, King, Kinney, Kirkpatrick, Koonce


Lambersen, Lane, Larson, Lee, Little, Logsdon, Loken, Luyster


Manahan, Marchi, McClenahan, McDonald, Miller, Moats, Monfort, Mulford, Murphey/Murphy


Niecen, Noble, Noortlyck


Palmer, Parker, Peek, Perkins, Perry, Petilion, Porch, Powers


Robb, Roberts, Robertson, Roeloffse/ Roelofs, Rogers, Rutant/ Ruttan, Ryan


Samuels, Schenck, Simi, Smack/ Smock, Snow, Sporer, Steele, Stolee, Story


Tallman ( Taleman/ Talemann), Terhune, Tisdale, Trahern


Van Cowenhoven, Van der Veer/ Van der Vere, Van Noort/ Van Note/ VanNote, Van Pelt, Van voor Hies/ Van Voorhees/ Voorhees, VanDriest, Von Peene


Watson, Wells, White, Wiggins, Wilbore/ Wilbur, Wilcox, Williams, Woolley



Links to other web sites for my surnames:


GADDIS (family #28)

Thomas ROGERS - the Pilgrim





Dave Wells

for corrections, sources, or details of other family members or branches...
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