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Wells

First Name
3k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
176k
in the U.S.
in 2010
Girls
Boys

Meaning and Origin

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

Origin and Meaning of Wells

User Submitted Origins

English
80%
French
10%
Irish
10%

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from the United Kingdom says the name Wells is of English origin and means "Gift of heaven".
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  1. Prolific English writer best known for his science-fiction novels; he also wrote on contemporary social problems and wrote popular accounts of history and science (1866-1946)
Wiktionary
  1. plural of well
    The town's water supply consisted of three , but a new one was being dug to meet demand from the new development.

Notable Persons Named Wells

Notable Persons Named Wells

Wells Tower

Wells was born on April 14th, 1973 in Vancouver, Canada.

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Wells W. Spicer

Wells W. Spicer was a justice of the peace, journalist, prospecting, lawyer, politician, and prospector. Wells was born in 1831 in Chemung, New York. He died in 1885.

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Wells Andrews Hutchins

His most notable accomplishments were from 1863 to 1865. Wells was born on October 8th, 1818 in Hartford, Ohio. He passed away on January 25th, 1895.

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Wells Thompson

Wells Thompson is a soccer player for the Carolina RailHawks, Wake Forest Demon Deacons men's soccer, Carolina Dynamo, New England Revolution, Colorado Rapids, Chicago Fire Soccer Club, and Charlotte Eagles. Wells was born on November 25th, 1983 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States.

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Wells Goodykoontz

Wells Goodykoontz was a President of the Senate of West Virginia and West Virginia Senate. Wells was born on June 3rd, 1872 in Newbern, Virginia. He passed away on March 2nd, 1944.

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Wells Woodbridge Cooke

Wells was born on January 25th, 1858. He died on March 30th, 1916.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Wells

Notable Persons With the Last Name Wells

Dame Julie Andrews

Dame Julie Andrews is an actress, singer, author, theatre director, dancer, and child singer. She was most active from 1945 to present. Dame was given the name Julia Elizabeth Wells on October 1st, 1935 in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, England.

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H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells was a science fiction and social realism writer. H. was given the name Herbert George Wells on September 21st, 1866 in Bromley, Kent, England. He breathed his last breath on August 13th, 1946.

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Dawn Wells

Dawn Wells is a film and television actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1961 to present. Dawn was given the name Dawn Elberta Wells on October 18th, 1938 in Reno, Nevada, U.S.

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Ida B. Wells

Ida B. Wells was a civil rights and women's rights activist, teacher, local paper editor, civil, political rights, women's rights, and civil rightsandwomen's rightsactivist. Ida was given the name Ida Bell Wells on July 16th, 1862 in Holly Springs, Mississippi, U.S. She breathed her last breath on March 25th, 1931.

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Wayne Static

Wayne Static was an industrial metal, nu metal, alternative metal, and groove metal musician. He plays Vocals, guitar, keyboards, programmer, Programming (music), ESP Guitars, Epiphone, and Dean Guitars. He was most prominent from 1977 to 2014. Wayne was given the name Wayne Richard Wells on November 4th, 1965 in Muskegon, Michigan, U.S. Wayne is also known as Wayne Static and The King of Evil Disco. He breathed his last breath on November 1st, 2014.

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Robb Wells

Robb Wells is an actor. He was most active from 1995 to present. Robb was born on March 20th, 1971 in Moncton.

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  • Noël Wells
    Actress
  • Claudia Wells
    Actress
  • Vernon Wells
    Actor
  • Death of Brian Douglas Wells
    Criminal
  • Cory Wells
    Singing
  • Mary Wells
    Singer-songwriter
  • Nahki Wells
    Soccer Player
  • Kitty Wells
    Musician
  • Bonzi Wells
    Basketball Player
  • David Wells
    Baseball Player
  • Junior Wells
    Musician
  • John Wells
    Director
  • Beanie Wells
    Football Player
  • Greg Wells
    Record Producer

Common last names for Wells

  • Smith
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Thompson

Common first names for Wells

  • William
  • James
  • John
  • Mary
  • Robert
  • Charles
  • George
  • Helen
  • Richard
  • Dorothy
  • Ruth
  • Margaret
  • Thomas
  • Joseph
  • Donald
  • Elizabeth
  • Frank
  • Willie
  • J
  • Edward

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Wells U.S.
  White 74.00% 64.26%
  African American 20.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.49% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.87% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.22% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.41% 16.26%

Of Last Name Wells

People with the last name Wells are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Wells

  • What name lists does Wells rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Wells? Wells is the 5,683rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Wells was the 147th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Wells have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,766 babies born with the first name Wells in the United States. That's more than enough people named Wells to occupy the territory of Svalbard and Jan Mayen (Norway) with an estimated population of 2,495 (as of March 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Wells? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1881 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Wells first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Wells is Monday, August 15th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Wells born? The highest recorded use of the first name Wells was in 2019 with a total of 432 babies.
  • Random Wells Factoid: According to the 2019 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wells is not a popular baby boy's name in South Carolina. Imagine that, only 14 babies in South Carolina have the same name in 2019.
  • Weird things about the name Wells: The name spelled backwards is Sllew. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Lslwe. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Wells? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 176,230 people with the last name Wells.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Wells? Wells was ranked as the 147th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
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