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Origin and Meaning of Welsh

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Welsh
Of or pertaining to Wales, or its inhabitants.

Etymology: AS. wælisc welisc, from wealh a stranger, foreigner, not of Saxon origin, a Welshman, a Celt, Gael; akin to OHG. walh, whence G. wälsch or welsch, Celtic, Welsh, Italian, French, Foreign, strange, OHG. walhisc; from the name of a Celtic tribe. See Walnut

noun Welsh
  1. The language of Wales, or of the Welsh people.
  2. pl.The natives or inhabitants of Wales.

Note: ☞ The Welsh call themselves Cymry, in the plural, and a Welshman Cymro, and their country Cymru, of which the adjective is Cymreig, and the name of their language Cymraeg. They are a branch of the Celtic family, and a relic of the earliest known population of England, driven into the mountains of Wales by the Anglo-Saxon invaders.

verb Welsh
To cheat by avoiding payment of bets; -- said esp. of an absconding bookmaker at a race track.To avoid dishonorably the fulfillment of a pecuniary obligation.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A breed of dual-purpose cattle developed in Wales
  2. A Celtic language of Wales
  3. A native or resident of Wales
  4. Cheat by avoiding payment of a gambling debt
  5. Of or relating to or characteristic of Wales or its people or their language ("the Welsh coast" and "Welsh syntax")

Sometimes suggested to derive from disparaging stereotypes of the Welsh (“people from Wales”), though firm evidence of this derivation is lacking. Compare gyp (“swindle”) (probably from gypsy (“Roma”)), and jew (“defraud”), from Jew.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Welsh

Irvine Welsh is a writer. Irvine was born on September 27th, 1957 in Leith, Edinburgh, Scotland.


Kenneth Welsh is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1964. Kenneth was born on March 30th, 1942 in Edmonton.


Mikey Welsh was an alternative rock and emo musician. He was most active from 1984 to 2011. Mikey was given the name Michael Edward Welsh on April 20th, 1971 in Syracuse, New York, U.S. He breathed his last breath on October 8th, 2011.


Harry Welsh is a military person. His military service ended in 1945.


Mark was born on January 26th, 1953 in San Antonio.


Pat Welsh was an actor and actress. Pat was given the name Patricia Anderson Carroll on February 11th, 1915 in San Francisco, California, U.S. She died on January 26th, 1995.


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Popularity of Welsh as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Welsh U.S.
  White 91.01% 64.26%
  African American 3.32% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.75% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.65% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.61% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.67% 16.26%

Of Last Name Welsh

People with the last name Welsh are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Welsh

  • How Popular is the name Welsh? As a last name Welsh was the 1,166th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Welsh first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Welsh is Monday, June 24th, 1878.
  • How unique is the name Welsh? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Welsh. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Welsh: Your name in reverse order is Hslew. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ewlhs. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Welsh? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 30,153 people with the last name Welsh.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Welsh? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 10 of them will have Welsh as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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