Welles name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Welles mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Welles

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International Interest
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  1. United States actor and filmmaker (1915-1985)

Notable Persons Named Welles

Notable Persons Named Welles

Welles Crowther

Welles Crowther was an investment banking and investment banker. Welles was given the name Welles Remy Crowther on May 17th, 1977 in New York City. Welles is also known as The Man in theRed Bandana, Crowther, and Welles Remy. He passed away on September 11th, 2001.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Welles

Notable Persons With the Last Name Welles

Orson Welles

Orson Welles was an actor, film director, theatre director, screenwriter, playwright, film producer, and radio personality. His most notable accomplishments were from 1931 to 1985. Orson was given the name George Orson Welles on May 6th, 1915. He breathed his last breath on October 10th, 1985.

Beatrice Welles

Beatrice Welles is an actress and designer. Beatrice was given the name Beatrice Giuditta Welles on November 13th, 1955 in Manhattan, New York, U.S. Beatrice is also known as Beatrice Mori di Gerfalco Welles.

Gideon Welles

Gideon Welles was an office holder. Gideon was born on July 1st, 1802 in Glastonbury, Connecticut, U.S. He breathed his last breath on February 11th, 1878.

Sumner Welles

Sumner Welles was a diplomat, government official, and diplomacy. Sumner was given the name Benjamin Sumner Welles on October 14th, 1892 in New York City. He breathed his last breath on September 24th, 1961.

Terri Welles

Terri Welles is a model, actress, and actor. Terri was given the name Terri Knepper on November 21st, 1956 in Santa Monica, California, U.S.

John Welles, 1st Viscount Welles

He left this life in 1499.

  • 6th Baron Welles Lionel Welles
  • Mel Welles
  • Countess of Ormond Anne Welles
  • Henry Titus Welles
    Mayor of St. Anthony

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Welles U.S.
  White 88.03% 64.26%
  African American 6.98% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.50% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.36% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.07% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.07% 16.26%

Of Last Name Welles

People with the last name Welles are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Welles

  • How Popular is the name Welles? Welles is the 25,478th most popular name of all time. As a last name Welles was the 19,291st most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Welles have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 236 babies born with the first name Welles in the United States. That's more than enough people named Welles to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Welles? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Welles first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Welles is Wednesday, November 12th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Welles born? The highest recorded use of the first name Welles was in 2017 with a total of 46 babies.
  • Random Welles Factoid: According to the 2017 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Welles is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 6 babies in California have the same name in 2017.
  • Weird things about the name Welles: The name spelled backwards is Sellew. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Wllsee. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Welles? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,404 people with the last name Welles.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Welles? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Welles as their last name since less than 1 person in 208k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Welles name meaning

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