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Wales Surname Origin
(Origin Anglo- Saxon) A locational surname for a native of Wales, a name given by the Anglo-Saxons to the Britons who originally came from Gaul, which the Saxons pronounced Wealas, Wales, Welsh, and Wallia. A principality of Great Britain, on the west of England, one hundred and twenty miles long, and eighty broad.
Surname Variations: Wal, Wall, Wale, Wales, Walles, Walls
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Wales Surname Meaning and Family Facts
There is more to Wales family history than the origin of your surname:
A Wales Family History Thought:
'We are all omnibuses in which our ancestors ride, and every now and then one of them sticks his head out and embarrasses us.' --Oliver Wendell Homes