Weller Family History
Weller Name Meaning
English (Surrey Sussex and Kent): topographic name for someone who lived by a spring stream or man-made well from Middle English weller willer an agent derivative of Middle English welle (in southern England) and wille (in south western England) from Old English wella well(e) wiella wielle willa wyll(a) wylle. This type of name a topographic term + -er is particularly typical of Sussex and its neigbouring counties. English: occupational name for someone who casts metal or who boils salt from Middle English weller willer a derivative with -er of Old English wellan wiellan ‘to boil’. Compare 5 below. North German: variant of Welle cognate with 1 above. German: from an agent derivative of Middle High German wëllen ‘to roll revolve or smear’ hence an occupational name for example for someone who made wattle and daub walls. See Welle German: from Middle High German wëllen ‘to cause to boil or simmer’ hence a metonymic occupational name for a smelter cook or the like. German: from Middle High German wëlle ‘roll bale’ hence a metonymic occupational name for someone who sold cloth or wool for example.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press