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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • German : variant of Walz.
  • German : habitational name for someone from Oberwölz (formerly Welz) on the border between Styria and Carinthia, in Austria; or from the German towns of Welz (near Aachen), Welze (near Hannover), or Wölls (near Landsberg; formerly recorded as Weltz and Welss).
  • German : from Middle High German, Middle Low German wels ‘catfish’, hence probably a nickname for someone thought to resemble the fish.

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