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This is an English locational surname of great antiquity. It originates from either of the two parishes called Weldon in the diocese of Peterborough, in the county of Northamptonshire.The name derives from the pre 7th century Olde English "waella" meaning a spring and "dun", a mound or hill or possibly "dene", a valley. Locational surnames were usually given to the lord of the manor and his descendants, or as may well be the case here, to people who left the village(s) and moved elsewhere. "Elsewhere" may have been the next village, or as with early recordings of Weldon, the next county, or it may have been a far away place like London, but either way one of the easiest ways of identifying a stranger was to call him or possibly her, by the name of the place from whence they came...

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