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Where did the Welsh Llewellyn family come from? What is the Welsh Llewellyn family crest and coat of arms? When did the Llewellyn family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Llewellyn family history?

The Llewellyn surname is derived from the Welsh personal name Llewellyn, which was also spelled Llywelin. This name is often explained as meaning lion-like, but is in fact probably derived from the Welsh word "llyw," which means leader. The Welsh double l was a constant source of trouble to English speakers, and was often translated "f."

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The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Llewellyn have included Flewelling, Flewellen, Llewellen, Llewillan, Llewellyn, Alewellyin, Flewellyn, Flywillan, Fleuellan, Llewallin, Llewallyn, Flewellan, Flewellin, Llewellan, Lewellin, Lewellen, Lewillan, Lewellyn, Lywellen, Lywellin, Lewallin and many more.

First found in Pembrokeshire (Welsh: Sir Benfro), a county in south-west Wales, anciently part of the Welsh kingdom of Deheubarth, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Llewellyn research. Another 251 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1066 and 1500 are included under the topic Early Llewellyn History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Llewellyn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many Welsh families joined their Scottish and Irish neighbors during the late 1800s and early 1900s in seeking refuge in North America. Like the Irish and Scottish, many Welsh anxiously awaited the work, freedom, and opportunities that they believed lay in North America. Those who did journey over to the United States and what became known as Canada often realized those dreams, but only through much toil and perseverance. Whenever and however these Welsh immigrants arrived in North America, they were instrumental in the creation of the industry, commerce, and cultural heritage within those two developing nations. In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name Llewellyn were found:

Llewellyn Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Morris Llewellyn, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1693

Llewellyn Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Robert Llewellyn, aged 28, landed in Kennebunk, Me in 1830
  • Evan Llewellyn, aged 37, landed in New York in 1862
  • Edward Llewellyn, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868
  • Reese Llewellyn, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1868
  • Richard Llewellyn, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879

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  • John Anthony Llewellyn PH.D. (b. 1933), American scientist and a former NASA astronaut
  • Brigadier-General Fred Warde Llewellyn (1878-1955), American Assistant Judge Advocate-General of the Army (1941-1943)
  • Richard Llewellyn (1907-1983), Welsh novelist, best known as the author of "How Green Was My Valley" (1939)
  • William Morris "Willie" Llewellyn (1879-1973), Welsh international rugby union player
  • Sir David Richard Llewellyn (1879-1940), 1st Baronet, Welsh industrialist
  • David Llewellyn (b. 1978), Welsh novelist
  • Grant Llewellyn (b. 1962), Welsh conductor
  • Sir Frederick John Llewellyn KCMG, Chemist and Administrator, Director General, The British Council
  • Sir William Llewellyn (1858-1941), English painter and President of the Royal Academy
  • Edward Llewellyn (1917-1984), Canadian professor

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The Llewellyn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Llewellyn Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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