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

Brythonic in origin, the name of Eynon came from the rugged landscape of Wales. The name is from the common Welsh personal name Enion. The Old Welsh form of this name was Enniaun, which is ultimately derived from the Latin name Annianus. The name is also associated with the Welsh word "enion," which literally means "anvil" and connotes the qualities of stability and fortitude. Some experts also associate the surname Eynon with the Welsh word "uniawn," which means "upright" or "just." One of the most celebrated bearers of this forename was Einion (or Enyon), a 11th century Welsh warrior-prince and the son of Collwyn. He played a significant role in the legend of the Conquest of Glamorgan by the Normans. It is generally believed that he built Port Eynon castle near Swansea, but evidence of the early castle has been lost. Port Eynon (also spelt Port Einon) still survives today as a village and community in the city and county of Swansea.

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Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Eynon has occasionally been spelled Einion, Ennian, Annian, Anyan, Einion, Ennion, Enions, Inion, Inions, Innion, Innions, Ineon, Eneon, Onion and many more.

First found in Sussex, where they held a family seat from early times. The family name is derived from a very popular Welsh personal name. In the 11th century Einion was a Welsh prince and warrior, son of Collwyn. Prince Einion played a great part in the famous legend of the Conquest of Glamorgan by the Normans. Today Port Eynon (Port Einon) is a village in Swansea, Wales. In England, the personal name can be found in Shropshire as early as 1159, where Ennian filius Gieruero was registered.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Eynon research. Another 171 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Eynon History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Eynon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Eynon:

Eynon Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Benjamin Eynon, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1869
  • Henry Eynon, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1877

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  • John Hicks Eynon (1801-1888), Bible Christian minister from Gloucestershire, who helped form the first Bible Christian Chapel at Cobourg, Ontario


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  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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