The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This Monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. This surname of WELSER which is of Czechoslovakian origin meant the foreigner, one who came from abroad. The name was taken from the Italian word VLACH meaning 'foreigner'. At the time when surnames were formed, the word was applied chiefly to Italians, but also to the Romanians. The modern state of Czechoslovakia is going through a transitional phase as a result of the fall of the Iron Curtain. Its various regions encompassed the medieval provinces of Bohemia, Moravia, and Slovakia. The first two of these, where the language properly called Czech is spoken, were heavily subject to German cultural and linguistic influence from the Middle Ages onwards, being administratively a Crownland of Austria for much of the time until independence in 1918. This influence is reflected in the many Czech surnames derived from German, both from given names, and from vocabulary words. Occupational names are quite common in Czech as are nicknames, especially those referring to some physical feature. Many of the most common Czech surnames have the diminutive ending 'CEK', which is often found attached to these names. The name was also a nickname 'a man of short stature', or perhaps the name originated as a nickname for a persistent lawbreaker who found himself often in the stocks. The name has numerous variant spellings which include VLACH, WLOCH, WLOSKI, WLOSZEN, FLOCH and PLOCH. A notable member of the name is Franz Most WELSER, born on the 16th August 1960 in Linz, Austria. He is the Principal Conductor of the Austrian Youth Orchestra. He made his British debut in 1986 with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error.
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