This surname of WELBELOVED was a nickname 'the well-beloved' a common mode of address by prince or ecclesiastic in formal declarations. The Rev. C Wellebeloved published a translation of the Bible in 1838, printed by Smallfield and Company in London. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans. Other records of the name mention Thomas Welebeloved, who was recorded in London during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377), and William Welibilove was documented in Oxford in the same year. In many parts of central and western Europe, hereditary surnames began to become fixed at around the 12th century, and have developed and changed slowly over the years. As society became more complex, and such matters as the management of tenure, and in particular the collection of taxes were delegated to special functionaries, it became imperative to distinguish a more complex system of nomenclature to differentiate one individual from another. Later instances of the name mention John Welbelovyd of Feltham and Joanna Farr of Ashford, Middlesex, who were married in London in 1527, and Hugh Welbeloved (yeoman) and Anne Hyde of Feltham, County Middlesex, were wed in 1569. Charles Welbeloved of Thorpe, County Surrey and Margaret Chapman, married at St. Antholin, London in 1729. Joseph Copeland and Jane Wellbeloved were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year of 1766.
Since the dawn of civilisation the need to communicate has been a prime drive of all higher mankind. The more organised the social structure became, the more urgent the need to name places, objects and situations essential to the survival and existence of the social unit. From this common stem arose the requirements to identify families, tribes and individual members evolving into a pattern in evidence today. In the formation of this history, common usage of customs, trades, locations, patronymic and generic terms were often adopted as surnames. The demands of bureaucracy formally introduced by feudal lords in the 11th century, to define the boundaries and families within their fiefdoms, crystallized the need for personal identification and accountability, and surnames became in general use from this time onwards.
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