The surname Wells is of English origin.This name is a topographical name for someone who lived near a stream or spring;derived from the Old English ‘well(a)’.The name signifies ‘local at the well’.The singular atte,del,de la Welle is very common in medieval sources and survives in Attwell ‘dweller by the spring or stream’ but the modern Well seems to have been completely absorbed by Wells.The surname Wells,saving in particular cases,has nothing to do with the city of Wells in the west country of England.The final ‘s’ is added in common with other monosyllabic English surnames,such as:Styles,Brooks,Bridges.The name dates back to the eleventh century were a Toke de Welles is recorded in historical archives.The name was brought to America by English immigrants.One of the first forefathers to bring this name to America is that of a Daniel Wells,a gardener,formerly of Suffolk England,who came to America aboard the Union;he settled in Maryland.A famous American to bear this name is that of Grant Carveth Wells,a famous lecturer,explorer and author of Six years in the Malay Jungle,Coldest Africa,Bermuda in Thre… Coat of arms: Or a lio…
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