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Welf (father of Judith)

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Elder House of Welf

Father of Judith

Welf Welf

Rothard of Metz

Welf (father of Judith)

October 3, 825 AD, Altdorf, Lower Bavaria, Germany

Hedwig, Duchess of Bavaria (m. 810 AD)

Judith of Bavaria, Hemma, Conrad I, Count of Auxerre, Rudolph, Count of Ponthieu

Charles the Bald, Charles the Fat

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Welf I (or Hwelf; died about 825) is the first documented ancestor of the Elder House of Welf. He is mentioned as a count (comes) in the Frankish lands of Bavaria.



Welf originated from a distinguished dynasty of Franconian nobles. He is mentioned only once: on the occasion of the wedding of his daughter Judith with Emperor Louis the Pious in 819 at Aachen. His son Conrad later appeared as a dux (duke) in Alamannia and achieved a powerful position in the Upper Swabian estates he possibly had inherited from his mother Hedwig (Heilwig).

His family became politically powerful when Louis the Pious chose his oldest daughter as his 2nd wife upon the death of his consort Ermengarde of Hesbaye. Though Welf himself never became publicly prominent, his family became interwoven with the Carolingian dynasty.

Marriage and issue

Welf married Hedwig (Heilwig), daughter of the Saxon count Isambart; Hedwig later became abbess of Chelles. The couple had the following children:

  • Judith (c.797- 843), married to Emperor Louis the Pious, Roman Empress and Frankish Queen;
  • Conrad (c.800-864), Count of Auxerre, ancestor of the Welf kings of Burgundy;
  • Rudolph (c.802-866), Count of Ponthieu;
  • Hemma (c.803-876), Frankish Queen, married to King Louis the German, son of Emperor Louis the Pious.
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