Wells family crest


Wells family crest

Colors on the Wells family crest explained

Argent (silver) - represents how the Wells were people of a sincere and peaceful nature. 

Sable (black) - symbolises constancy and the enduring nature of the Wells family.

Or (Gold) - symbolizes the historical generosity of this ancient family.


  Symbols on the Wells family crest explained   

The cross on the shield represents the crucifixion of Christ and stands as a connection to the early Wells family members strong religious beliefs. 

The sun - symbolizes splendor and everlasting glory with a connection to the fountain of life.

The lion - represents ferociousness, bravery and valour, one of the most desirable family crest symbols.


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Origins of the Wells family name

The earliest known origin of the family name Wells is England.
The name is derived from the Old English word welle, meaning "spring" or "stream."
The name is both topographic and habitational in nature. Meaning it was used to refer to someone who lived near a well/stream or also those who were responsible for maintaining a water supply to a village.


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Summary of the Wells family and the Wells family crest

  • The Wells family name is thought to be of Anglo-Saxon origin, derived from the personal name 'Wella' or 'Willa'.
  • The first recorded use of the name Wells is in the Domesday Book of 1086, where one 'Willa' is listed as living in England.
  • The Wells family name was first found in Kent, where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity seated at Cleye next Faversham in that shire.
  • They were descended from Sir William de Welles of Welles, who was living in 1310, and he in turn was descended from William de Welles, who accompanied William the Conqueror into England in 1066.
  • After spreading throughout the country, the Wells name also became particularly associated with the county of Somerset in England.
  • The Wells family were granted a coat of arms in 1419.
  • The village of Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk, England is named after the Wells family.
  •  The first Wells family in America was likely that of Edward Wells, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1630.
  • Edward's son, Samuel, was one of the first settlers of Hartford, Connecticut.
  • The Wells family's history in America is largely one of hard work and perseverance.
  • Today, there are still a number of places called Wells in the United States that are a testament to the family's hard work, including the city of Wells in Maine.