Welsh Family History

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Welsh Name Meaning

Scottish and English: ethnic name for someone from Wales or a speaker of the Welsh language. Compare Walsh and Wallace. Irish: variant of Walsh. Americanized spelling of German Welsch. Americanized form of Ukrainian Volosin (see Woloszyn).

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

Similar surnames: Welch, Welsch, Walch, Kelsh, Wish, Else, Welle, Weiss, Welz, Eash

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Welsh Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Welsh name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Welsh. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Sweden


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Welsh Family Origin

Where is the Welsh family from?

Welsh Family Occupations

What did your Welsh ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Welsh occupation in the UK was Labourer. 8% of Welsh's were Labourers. Labourer, Coal Miner and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Welsh. A less common occupation for the Welsh family was Farmer.

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  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer


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

Welsh Historical Records

What Welsh family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 423,000 census records available for the last name Welsh. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Welsh 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 63,000 immigration records available for the last name Welsh. 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 63,000 military records available for the last name Welsh. For the veterans among your Welsh ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Welsh Life Expectancy

What is the average Welsh lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Welsh life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Welsh in 1942 was 36, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Welsh

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Welsh 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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