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Meaning and Origin of: Wells

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First name origins & meanings:

  • English : Inquisitive
  • Old English : From the springs

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : habitational name from any of several places named with the plural of Old English well(a) ‘spring’, ‘stream’, or a topopgraphical name from this word (in its plural form), for example Wells in Somerset or Wells-next-the-Sea in Norfolk.
  • Translation of French Dupuis or any of its variants.
  • One of numerous early immigrants from England bearing this name was Thomas Welles, governor of colonial CT, who was in Hartford, CT, by 1636.