Wells Family History

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Wells Name 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.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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

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Wells Family Origin

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Wells Family Occupations

What did your Wells ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Wells family was Bricklayer. The most common Wells occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Wells's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Wells.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Bricklayer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Wells ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Wells Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

There are 95,000 immigration records available for the last name Wells. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Wells Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Wells

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Wells ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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