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Wells (name)

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Meaning  "spring"
Region of origin  England
Related names  Well, Welman, Welles, Wellman and Wellsman

Wells is a surname of English origin, but is occasionally used as a given name too. It derives from occupation, location, and topography. The occupational name (i.e. "Wellman") derives from the person responsible for a village's spring. The locational name (i.e. "Well") derives from the pre-7th century waella ("spring"). The topographical name (i.e. "Attewell") derives from living near a spring. The oldest public record is found in 1177 in the county of Norfolk. Variations of Wells include Well, Welman, Welles, Wellman and Wellsman. At the time of the British Census of 1881 Wells Surname at Forebears, its relative frequency was highest in Berkshire (3.2 times the British average), followed by Leicestershire, Oxfordshire, Kinross-shire, Huntingdonshire, Kent, Sussex, Lincolnshire, Dumfriesshire and Bedfordshire. People with the name include:

Contents

A

  • Alan Wells (born 1961), English cricketer
  • Alexander H. Wells (d. 1857), New York lawyer, newspaper editor and politician
  • Alfred Wells (1814–1867), U.S. Representative from New York
  • Alfred Wells (1859–1935), architect in South Australia
  • Alice Wells, American diplomat and U.S. Ambassador to Jordan
  • Alice Stebbins Wells (1873–1957), first female officer in Los Angeles Police Dept
  • Allan Wells (born 1952) Scottish Olympic athlete
  • Alphege of Wells (or Ælfheah, died c.937), third Anglo-Saxon Bishop of Wells
  • Andy Wells, mayor of the city of St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
  • Andrew Wells, character in the U.S. television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Angus Wells (1943–2006), British writer of genre fiction, including fantasy and westerns
  • Audrey Wells (born 1960), American screenwriter, film director and producer
  • Anette S.S. Wells, born 1990
  • B

  • Basil Wells (Basil Eugene Wells, 1912–2003), American writer.
  • Ben Wells (actor) (born 1982), American television and movie actor
  • Ben Wells (American Guitarist) for southern rock band "Black Stone Cherry"
  • Ben Wells (footballer), English footballer
  • Benjamin W. Wells (1856–1923), American scholar and editor
  • Bertram Whittier Wells (1884–1978), American botanist and ecologist
  • Bill Wells, Scottish musician
  • Billy Wells (football player) (William Prescott Wells, 1931–2001), American footballer
  • Bob Wells (baseball) (Robert Lee Wells, born 1966), American baseball pitcher
  • Bomber Wells (Bryan Douglas Wells, 1930–2008), English cricketer
  • Bonzi Wells (Gawen DeAngelo Wells, born 1976), American professional basketball player
  • Boomer Wells (David Lee Wells, born 1963), American baseball pitcher
  • Bowen Wells (born 1935), British politician
  • Brian Wells (disambiguation)
  • Bruce Wells (1933–2009), English boxer
  • Bubba Wells (Charles Richard "Bubba" Wells, born 1974), American basketball player
  • Bulkeley Wells (1872–1931), "colourful character"
  • C

  • Cal Wells, American businessman
  • Carolyn Wells (1862–1942), American author and poet
  • Charles Wells (disambiguation)
  • Chris Wells (disambiguation)
  • Clara Louisa Wells (c.1850-c.1925), American writer and inventor
  • Clark Henry Wells (1822–1888), U.S. Navy Rear Admiral
  • Claudia Wells (born 1966), American actress
  • Clifford Wells (1896–1977), American basketball coach
  • Clyde Wells (born 1937), Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador
  • Colin Wells (disambiguation)
  • Concetta Fierravanti-Wells (aka "Connie", born 1960), Australian politician
  • Cory Wells (1942–2015), American singer (Three Dog Night)
  • Cyril Wells (1871–1963), English cricketer, rugby footballer and schoolmaster
  • D

  • Daniel Wells (disambiguation)
  • David Wells (disambiguation)
  • Dawn Wells (born 1938), American actress
  • Dean Wells (disambiguation)
  • Deane Wells (born 1949), Australian politician
  • Delores Wells (born 1937), American model, actress, Playboy Playmate June 1960
  • Derek Wells (born 1946), Canadian politician, lawyer and businessman
  • Dicky Wells (William Wells, 1907–1985), American jazz trombonist
  • Dino Wells (David R. Wells Jr, born 1971), American actor, writer and production assistant
  • Doris Wells (1943–1988), Venezuelan actress, writer, and director
  • Dustin Wells (born 1983), Australian soccer player
  • De'Andre Wells (born 1978), American business man
  • E

  • EJ Wells and Samantha Brady, fictional characters from the American soap opera Days of our Lives
  • Earle Wells (born 1933), New Zealand Olympic Gold medallist in yachting
  • Ed Wells (baseball) (1900–1986), American baseball pitcher, nickname "Satchelfoot"
  • Edmund W. Wells (1846–1938), American jurist, businessman, and politician.
  • Edward Wells (theologian) (1667–1727), English mathematician, geographer, and controversial theologian
  • Edward Wells (MP) (1821–1910), English Conservative Party politician, MP for Wallingford 1872–80
  • Edward Curtis Wells (1910–1986), director of Boeing Company, designer of the Boeing 747
  • Emmeline B. Wells (1828–1921), American journalist, editor, poet, women's rights advocate and diarist
  • Erastus Wells (1823–1893), American politician and businessman
  • Erik Wells, contemporary American politician and former television news anchor
  • Evelyn Wells, 20th century biographer and author
  • F

  • Fay Gillis Wells (1908–2002), pioneer aviator, journalist and broadcaster
  • Frank Wells (1932–1994), American entertainment businessman
  • G

  • G. Wells, English cricketer active 1814–1821
  • G. P. Wells (George Philip Wells, 1901–1985), zoologist, author and son of H. G. Wells
  • Garrett Wells, fictional attorney on the American TV legal series Boston Legal
  • Gawen DeAngelo "Bonzi" Wells (born 1976), American basketball player
  • Geoffrey of Wells (Galfridius Fontibus), mid-twelfth-century English hagiographer
  • George Wells (disambiguation)
  • Georgeann Wells, American basketball player active in the 1980s
  • Gisa (Bishop of Wells), also spelt Giso, bishop from 1060 to 1088
  • Greg Wells (born 1968), Canadian musician and record producer
  • Greg Wells (baseball) (born 1954), American baseball player
  • Greg Wells (footballer, born 1950), Australian rules footballer
  • Greg Wells (footballer, born 1952), Australian rules footballer
  • Guilford Wiley Wells (1840–1909), U.S. Representative from Mississippi
  • H

  • H. G. Wells (Herbert George Wells, 1866–1946), prolific British science fiction writer and Fabian socialist
  • Harry Wells (disambiguation)
  • Heber Manning Wells (1859–1938), American politician, first Governor of Utah
  • Helen Wells (1910–1986), author of nurse Cherry Ames books, a series for young teens
  • Helena Wells, later Whitford (1761?- 1824), American-English novelist and writer
  • Henry Wells (disambiguation)
  • Herbert George Wells (H. G. Wells, 1866–1946), prolific British science fiction writer and Fabian socialist
  • Herbert Wells (soccer) (born 1901), U.S. soccer player
  • Herman B Wells (1902–2000), 11th president of Indiana University
  • Holly Wells (1991–2002), British murder victim in the 2002 Soham murders
  • Horace Wells (1815–1848), pioneering American dentist
  • Horatio Wells (1807–1858), American lawyer and politician
  • Hugh de Wells, (d. 1235), medieval Bishop of Lincoln.
  • Humphrey Wells, former Governor of Georgia
  • I

  • Ida B. Wells (1862–1931), African American civil rights leader
  • Ima Wells (1936–2014), American educator and politician
  • Ira K. Wells (1871–1934), American lawyer and federal judge
  • J

  • J. Wells (born Jon Wells, 1982), record producer and occasional rapper
  • Jabez H. Wells (1853-1930), American politician and curler
  • Jack Wells (John Hampson Wells, aka "Cactus Jack", 1911–1999), Canadian radio and television broadcaster
  • Jack Wells (footballer) (aka "Balla" Wells, born 1883), Australian rules football
  • Jair-Rôhm Parker Wells (born 1958), American free jazz bassist, composer and conceptualist
  • James Babbage Wells Jr. (1850–1923), Texan judge
  • James L. Wells, New York State Treasurer 1915–1920
  • James Madison Wells, Louisiana governor 1865–1867
  • James Murray Wells, English entrepreneur (Glasses Direct)
  • James Pearson Wells (1822–1896), Canadian farmer and political figure
  • Jane Wells (born 1961), CNBC business news reporter
  • Jared Wells(born 1981),Pro Boxer from Compton California. Lives in Troy Virginia. Welterweight fighter future champion.
  • Jared Wells (born 1981), American baseball pitcher
  • Jason Wells (disambiguation)
  • Jay Wells (born 1959), Canadian ice hockey player
  • Jean Wells American Contemporary Artist
  • Jeremy Wells (born 1977), New Zealand television personality
  • Jerold Wells (1908–1999), English actor
  • Jim L. Wells, American sports radio host
  • Jim Wells (politician) (born 1957), Irish politician
  • Jim Wells (baseball) (born 1955), American baseball coach
  • Jocelin of Wells (died 1242), medieval Bishop of Bath and Wells
  • Jodie Wells and Pearl Wells, in Jacqueline Wilson's book My Sister Jodie
  • Joey Wells (born 1965), Bahamian long jumper
  • Jonathan Wells (disambiguation)
  • John Wells (disambiguation)
  • Joseph Wells (disambiguation)
  • Jordan C. Wells, head coach of the Syracuse college football program from 1892
  • Julie Elizabeth Wells (born 1935), more popularly known as Julie Andrews
  • Junior Wells (1934–1998), born Amos Blakemore, was a blues vocalist and harmonica player
  • Junius F. Wells (1854–1930), first head of the Mormon "Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association"
  • K

  • Keith Wells (1962–1994), convicted and executed murderer
  • Kent Wells (born 1967), American football player
  • Kerry Anne Wells, Miss Australia and Miss Universe, 1972
  • Kip Wells (born Robert Wells, 1977), American baseball player
  • Kitty Wells (born Ellen Muriel Deason, 1919–2012), American country music singer
  • Kristin Wells, the secret identity of the 1981 version of DC Comics Superwoman
  • L

  • L. M. Wells (1862–1923), American actor of the silent era
  • Lawrence Wells (1860–1938), Australian explorer
  • Lee Wells (born 1971), American artist, curator, technology and art consultant
  • Lemuel H. Wells (1841–1936), first Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Spokane
  • Leo Wells (born 1917), American baseball player
  • Lesley B. Wells (born 1937), U.S. federal judge
  • Linton Wells (1893–1976), American foreign correspondent, world traveller and pioneer broadcaster
  • Lloyd C. A. Wells (1924–2005), American sports photographer and civil rights advocate
  • Lloyd Wells (born c. mid-1940s), American jazz guitarist
  • Lynn Wells, American civil rights activist during the 1960s
  • M

  • Malcolm Wells (born 1926), American architect, "father of modern earth-sheltered home"
  • Margot Wells (born 1952), Scottish sprinter and English sprint and fitness coach
  • Mark Wells (born 1957), American ice hockey player
  • Mark Wells (footballer) (born 1971), British soccer player
  • Mark Wells (musician) (born 1973), Australian musician and record producer
  • Martha Wells (born 1964), American fantasy and science fiction author
  • Mary Wells (Mary Esther Wells, 1943–1992), American singer
  • Mary K. Wells (1920–2000), American television writer and actress
  • Matt Wells (television presenter), Canadian videographer, TV co-host and singer
  • Matt Wells (boxer) (1886–1953), British Olympic and professional boxer
  • Matthew Wells (field hockey) (born 1978), Australian Olympic field hockey defender
  • Meech Wells, American hip-hop music producer, son of Mary Wells
  • Melissa F. Wells (born 1932), diplomat and former United States Ambassador
  • Mike Wells (defensive lineman) (born 1971), American footballer
  • Mike Wells (quarterback) (born 1951), American footballer
  • Milton Wells (1829–1906), American Union Civil War brevet brigadier general
  • Monty Garland-Wells (1907–1993), English cricketer
  • Murray C. Wells (born 1936), Australian economist
  • N

  • Nahki Wells, Bermudian professional footballer for Huddersfield Town
  • Nathaniel Wells (born 1988), landowner, magistrate and Britain's first black Sheriff
  • Nick Wells (born 1951), American heavyweight boxer
  • Nina Mitchell Wells, American lawyer, academic and currently Secretary of State of New Jersey
  • Norm Wells, American football player
  • Norman Albert Edwin Wells
  • O

  • Oliver Elwin Wells, American educator
  • Orlando Wells (born 1973), British actor
  • George Orson Welles, American film director
  • Owen A. Wells (1844–1935), U.S. Representative from Wisconsin
  • Owen Wells (basketball) (born 1950)
  • P

  • Patricia Wells (born 1946), US cookbook author
  • Paul Wells (born 1966), Canadian journalist
  • Pearl Wells and Jodie Wells, in Jacqueline Wilson's book My Sister Jodie
  • Percy Wells (1891–1964), British trade union official and Member of Parliament
  • Percy Wells (businessman) (1825–1909) associated with marine civil engineering in South Australia.
  • Peter Wells (disambiguation)
  • Philip Steven Wells, Canadian hematologist
  • R

  • Randall Wells (Albert Randall Wells, 1877–1942), English architect
  • Randy Wells (Randy David Wells, 1982) baseball pitcher
  • Ray Wells (born 1980), American football player
  • Rebecca Wells (born 1952), actress, playwright, author of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
  • Reggie Wells (born 1980), American footballer
  • Renward Wells (born 1970), Bahamian sprinter
  • Rhoshii Wells (1976–2008), American boxer
  • Rob Wells (born 1972), Canadian songwriter, musician and record producer
  • Robb Wells (born 1971), Canadian actor and screenwriter
  • Robert Wells (disambiguation)
  • Robin Wells (disambiguation)
  • Robison Wells (born 1978), American novelist
  • Rolla Wells (1856–1944), American politician
  • Rosemary Wells, contemporary author of children's books
  • Roy Wells (born 1978), American baseball player for the Seattle Mariners
  • Rulon S. Wells (1854–1941), Utah politician
  • Rupert Mearse Wells (1835–1902), Canadian politician
  • S

  • Sally Wells, fictional character in the Australian soap opera Neighbours
  • Samuel Wells (1801–1868), American politician, Governor of Maine
  • Scott James Wells, contemporary American actor
  • Scott Wells (American football) (born 1981)
  • Shan Wells, contemporary American sculptor and political illustrator
  • Sigar of Wells (died c. 996), Bishop of Wells
  • Simon of Wells (died 1207), medieval Bishop of Chichester
  • Simon Wells (born 1961), director, great grandson of H. G. Wells
  • Spencer Wells (born 1969), geneticist and anthropologist
  • Stanfield Wells, American Footballer active c. 1910
  • Stanley Wells (born 1930), British Shakespeare scholar and academic
  • Steven Wells (born 1960- 2009), British journalist and author formerly based in USA
  • Sue Wells, contemporary New Zealand author and city councillor
  • Swithun Wells (c. 1536–1591), beatified English Catholic martyr
  • T

  • Ted Wells, American criminal attorney
  • Terry Wells (born 1963), American baseball pitcher
  • Thomas Wells (disambiguation)
  • Todd Wells, contemporary American bicycle racer (cyclo-cross and mountain bike)
  • Tommy Wells (born 1957), Washington, D.C. politician
  • Tyrone Wells, contemporary American singer/songwriter in the folk pop genre
  • V

  • Vernon Wells III (born 1978), American baseball player
  • Vernon Wells (actor) (born 1945), Australian film and television actor
  • Vincent Wells (born 1965), English cricketer
  • W

  • W. Wells, English cricketer active 1791–1816
  • W. Woodbury Wells (1860–1901), Canadian teacher, lawyer and political figure
  • Warren Wells (born 1942), American football player
  • Wayne Richard Wells (1965–2014) (aka Wayne Static), American metal musician
  • Wayne Wells (wrestler) (born 1946), American Olympic wrestler
  • William Wells (disambiguation)
  • Z

  • Zach Wells (born Zachary Stephen Wells, 1981), American soccer goalkeeper
  • Zachariah Wells (born 1976), Canadian poet, critic, essayist and editor
  • Zeb Wells, American comic book writer
  • First name

  • Wells A. Hutchins (1818–1895), U.S. Representative from Ohio
  • Wells Coates (1895–1958), Canadian-born English architect, designer and writer
  • Wells Goodykoontz (1872–1944), American politician from West Virginia
  • Wells Spicer (1831–1887?), American journalist, prospector, politician, lawyer and judge
  • Wells Thompson (born 1983), American soccer player
  • Wells Tower (born April 14, 1973), American writer of short stories and non-fiction.
  • Other parts of name

  • Wells–Bennett–Grant family
  • Berthold Wells Key (1895–1986), British Indian Army general
  • Charles Wells Russell (1818–1867), Confederate politician during the American Civil War
  • Elizabeth Anne Wells Cannon (1859–1942), women's suffragist and politician in Utah
  • Elizabeth Wells Gallup (1848–1934), American educator
  • George Wells Beadle (1903–1989), American scientist and Nobel Prize laureate
  • George Wells Parker (1882–1931), African American political activist and writer
  • Henry Wells Tracy (1807–1886), American politician
  • Irene Wells Pennington (1898–2003), a very savvy lady
  • James Wells Champney (1843–1903), American genre and portrait painter
  • James Wells Robson (born 1867), Canadian politician
  • John Wells Foster (1815–1873), American geologist and palaeontologist
  • Levi Wells Prentice (1851–1935), American still life and landscape painter
  • Mary Wells Lawrence (born 1928), American advertising executive, first woman CEO of a listed company
  • Reuben Wells Leonard (1860–1930), Canadian soldier, civil engineer, railroad and mining executive, and philanthropist
  • Samuel Wells Morris (1786–1847), American politician
  • Samuel Wells Williams (1812–1884), American linguist, missionary and sinologist
  • Seth Wells Cheney (1810–1856), American artist
  • Sharlene Wells Hawkes (born 1964 in Paraguay), Miss America 1985, singer, reporter, publisher
  • Victoria Wells Wulsin (born 1953), American physician and aspiring politician
  • William Wells Brown (1814–1884), American abolitionist lecturer, novelist, playwright and historian
  • William Wells Newell (1839–1907), American folklorist, school teacher, minister and philosophy professor
  • References

    Wells (name) Wikipedia


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