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What does Welch mean?

Welch Pronunciation of Welch [welch] as a boys' name is of Old French derivation, and the name Welch means "Welshman". Welch is an alternate spelling of Wallace (Old French): from "waleis".


4 alternative forms via Wallace: Wallach, Wally, Walsh and Welsh.

Creative forms:
(male) Willch, Woolch, ..

(female) Welow, Welte, ..

Middle name pairings:
Welch Lester (W.L.), ..

How popular is Welch?

Welch is an uncommonly occurring first name for men but a very prominent surname for all people (#259 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Prominent varying forms of Welch (not ranked) are Wallace (#1201 the previous year) and Wally. Adoption of these forms of Welch was at its most widespread during the years 1920-1929 (adoption of 0.19%) and has become much lower since (adoption 0.01%, 95.8%), with the version Wallace becoming less fashionable. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Wallace, Wally in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Welch and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Beach, Beech, Lech, Welby and Wells. Like Welch, these names are not commonly used.