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Wells

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1881 5 0 5
1884 5 0 5
1886 6 0 6
1895 5 0 5
1900 6 0 6
1910 6 0 6
1911 8 0 8
1912 20 0 20
1913 12 0 12
1914 20 0 20
1915 23 0 23
1916 21 0 21
1917 19 0 19
1918 17 0 17
1919 26 0 26
1920 18 0 18
1921 37 0 37
1922 27 0 27
1923 15 0 15
1924 22 0 22
1925 14 0 14
1926 15 0 15
1927 21 0 21
1928 16 0 16
1929 8 0 8
1930 17 0 17
1931 16 0 16
1932 13 0 13
1933 9 0 9
1934 15 0 15
1935 11 0 11
1937 11 0 11
1938 15 0 15
1939 12 0 12
1940 9 0 9
1941 10 0 10
1942 10 0 10
1943 14 0 14
1944 7 0 7
1945 12 0 12
1946 14 0 14
1947 11 0 11
1948 15 0 15
1949 8 0 8
1950 13 0 13
1951 10 0 10
1952 7 0 7
1953 7 0 7
1954 15 0 15
1955 12 0 12
1956 6 0 6
1957 7 0 7
1958 7 0 7
1959 6 0 6
1960 10 0 10
1961 7 0 7
1962 7 0 7
1963 7 0 7
1964 5 0 5
1966 5 0 5
1967 7 0 7
1968 12 0 12
1969 8 0 8
1970 13 0 13
1971 10 0 10
1973 13 0 13
1974 9 0 9
1975 6 0 6
1976 12 0 12
1977 6 0 6
1978 8 0 8
1979 10 0 10
1980 5 0 5
1981 6 0 6
1983 7 0 7
1984 11 0 11
1985 9 0 9
1986 11 0 11
1987 7 0 7
1988 8 0 8
1989 7 0 7
1990 9 0 9
1991 14 0 14
1992 11 0 11
1993 10 0 10
1994 9 0 9
1995 9 0 9
1996 6 0 6
1997 11 0 11
1998 19 5 14
1999 10 0 10
2000 15 0 15
2001 9 0 9
2002 10 0 10
2003 18 0 18
2004 22 0 22
2005 22 0 22
2006 17 0 17
2007 17 0 17
2008 17 0 17
2009 19 0 19
2010 38 6 32
2011 42 5 37
2012 51 0 51
2013 66 6 60
2014 94 7 87
2015 95 7 88

Fun Facts about the name Wells

  • How many people with the first name Wells have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,597 babies born with the first name Wells in the United States. That's more than enough people named Wells to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 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 2015 with a total of 88 babies.
  • Random Wells Factoid: According to the 2011 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Wells is not a popular baby boy's name in North Carolina. Imagine that, only 5 babies in North Carolina have the same name as you in 2011.
  • Weird things about the name Wells: Your name in reverse order is Sllew. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Slelw. 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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Popularity of Wells as a first name

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Popularity of Wells as a last name

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Common last names for Wells

  • Smith
  • Davis
  • Miller
  • Thompson

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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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Wells" mean? The list below shows the origins of Wells as well as things modernly associated with the name Wells such as celebrities named Wells.

English

Origin and Meaning of Wells

The name "Wells" is of English origin, and it means "From the well". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  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)
  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 With the Name Wells

Wells Tower

Wells Tower is a leading person. 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

Wells Andrews Hutchins was a leading human. 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 Woodbridge Cooke was a notable somebody. Wells was born on January 25th, 1858. He died on March 30th, 1916.

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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)

What does the name Wells mean?

Wis for wise, more tomorrow that today.

Eis for excellence, your passion, your drive.

Lis for lofty, your ambitions are high!

Lis for laughter, you spread wherever you go.

Sis for strength, there when needed.

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