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Wells Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Wells next the Sea (Norfolk) or Wells (Somerset) both named with the plural of Old English wella ‘spring stream’ or a topographic name for someone who lived near a group of springs or streams. Americanized form (translation into English) of French Dupuis ‘from the well’.

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

Similar surnames: Well, Mells, Wall, Welby, Welle, Belle, Ewell, Helle, Kell, Balls

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Where is the Wells family from?

You can see how Wells families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wells family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wells families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 1,073 Wells families living in Ontario. This was about 50% of all the recorded Wells's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Wells families in 1911.
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What did your Wells ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Wells. 33% of Wells men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Wells women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wells were Carpenter and Teacher. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Income
  • Teacher
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Census Records

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Wells. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wells 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 95,000 immigration records available for the last name Wells. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 205,000 military records available for the last name Wells. For the veterans among your Wells ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wells lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Wells life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Wells in 1940 was 39, and 74 in 2004.

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