Subject: Re: etymology of the surname 'wellwein'
Author: Andy ;—)   (guest)
Date: June 21, 2008 at 2:18 PM
Reply to: etymology of the surname 'wellwein' by Andrea

The name looks pretty German - but there is not a single WELLWEIN in the German phone directory. This surprises me.

There are a few possible explanations for WELL, WEIN means "wine" or can be a variant of WIN (more likely). I checked my Förstemann, and there is no WILLWIN documented (probably because of the sound).

Any other ideas?

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