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About the study
The surname is of nickname in origin. The earliest surviving record of the surname dates back to 1277 in Devon. There are further references in Devon over the next century. The only other early reference is from 1327 in Worcestershire.
- John Welebiloved - Devon 1277
- Richard Wellbyloved - Worcestershire Subsidy Rolls 1327
There is no evidence that any modern day Wellbeloves are descended from these areas. It is possible that members of these families migrated to the London area, but it is also possible that the name bearers from what later became the surname heartland for centuries, namely London/Middlesex and especially neighbouring Surrey, evolved separately.
History of the name
Wellbeloves of note include:
- Rev. Charles Wellbeloved (1769-1858) - Unitarian Minister and Principal of Manchester College, York.
- Alfred 'James' Wellbeloved M.P. (born 1926) - 'Jim' Wellbeloved was Member of Parliament for Erith & Crayford, Kent, from 1965-1983.
A small study, with some 260 individuals recorded in the 1881 UK Census. Half being the main variant Wellbelove.
By 2002 there were some 352 name bearers in the UK - 71.5% Wellbelove, 23% Wellbeloved, 5.5% Welbelove. Research of available data suggests there are fewer than 600 name bearers Worldwide today.
Distribution of the name
Data held includes:
- GRO Birth, Marriage and Death Index 1837-2009.
- England & Wales Census 1841-1911
- National Burial Index ed3.
- Vital Records Index.
- Will indexes & transcripts.
Plus other available data and equivalent Worldwide sources.