Wells (name)

Wells (name)

Family name
name =Wells

meaning ="spring"
region =English
origin =English
related names =Well, Welman, Welles, Wellman and Wellsman
footnotes =

Wells is an English origin surname. It derives from occupation, location, and topography. The occupational name (i.e. "Wellman") derives from the person responsible for a village's spring. The locational name (i.e. "Well") derives from the pre-7th century "waella" ("spring"). The topographical name (i.e. "Attewell") derives from living near a spring. The oldest public record is found in 1177 in the county of Norfolk. Variations of Wells include Well, Welman, Welles, Wellman and Wellsman. [cite web |url=http://www.surnamedb.com/surname.aspx?name=Wells |title=Surname: Wells |accessdate=2008-04-09 |last= |first= |coauthors= |date= |work= |publisher=surnamedb.com] [cite web |url=http://www.houseofnames.com/xq/asp.fc/qx/wells-family-crest.htm |title=Wells Family Crest and Name History |accessdate=2008-04-09 |last= |first= |coauthors= |date=Date|2008-04-09 |work= |publisher=houseofnames.com] People with the name include:


* Bonzi Wells (Gawen DeAngelo Wells), American professional basketball player
* Harry Wells, an English recipient of the Victoria Cross
* Harry Wells (rugby league), Australian rugby league footballer
* H. G. Wells (Herbert George Wells, 1866–1946), prolific British science fiction writer and Fabian socialist
* Holly Wells (1991–2002), British murder victim in the 2002 Soham murders
* James L. Wells, NY State Treasurer 1915–1920
* James Madison Wells, Louisiana governor 1865–1867
* Joseph T Wells, see Wells Supper Club
* Julie Elizabeth Wells (1935–), more popularly known as Julie Andrews, actress
* Kip Wells (Robert Wells), American Major League Baseball player
* Patricia Wells (1946–), US cookbok author
* Rebecca Wells (1952–), actress, playwright, author of "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood"
* Spencer Wells (1969–), geneticist and anthropologist
* Wayne Richard Wells (1965–) (aka Wayne Static), American metal musician

Fictional characters

* Andrew Wells, in the U.S. television series "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
* Jodie Wells and Pearl Wells, in Jacqueline Wilson's book "My Sister Jodie"


See also

* Welles (name)

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