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

The old, proud name Welsh name Winn is derived from the Welsh word "gwyn," which means "fair" or "white." It was a nickname for a person with light-colored hair or a pale complexion, or perhaps for someone who habitually wore white or pale-colored clothing.

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Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. 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 were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Winn have included Wynne, Wynn, Wyn, Win, Gwynne, Gwynn, Winne, Winn, Gwinn, Gwinne and many more.

First found in Carnarvonshire (Welsh: Sir Gaernarfon), a former county in Northwest Wales, anciently part of the Kingdom of Gwynedd, and today divided between the unitary authorities of Gwynedd and Conwy, where this distinguished Welsh family claim lineal descent from Brochwel, Prince of Powys, who was Commander of the Welsh forces under Cadvan in the memorable battle near Chester fought with the Saxons under King Ethelred of Northumberland in the year 603.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Winn research. Another 215 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1559, 1544, 1553, 1556, 1520, 1580, 1553, 1627, 1602, 1671, 1588, 1649, 1626, 1611, 1622, 1675, 1650, 1714, 1695, 1677, 1749, 1742, 1689, 1718, 1713, 1715, 1665, 1737, 1688, 1665, 1737, 1687, 1756, 1723, 1789, 1755 and 1841 are included under the topic Early Winn History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 379 words(27 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Winn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Winn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 199 words(14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The Welsh began to emigrate to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s in search of land, work, and freedom. Those that arrived helped shape the industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. The records regarding immigration and passenger show a number of people bearing the name Winn:

Winn Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Edward Winn, who landed in Woburn, Massachusetts in 1643
  • Ann Winn, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • Anne Winn, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Elizabeth Winn, who arrived in Virginia in 1656
  • Michael Winn, who arrived in Maryland in 1662


Winn Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Ed Winn settled in North Carolina in 1701
  • George Winn, who landed in Mississippi in 1799

Winn Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Mathew Winn, aged 32, landed in New York in 1812
  • John Winn, aged 52, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Nanny Winn, aged 20, landed in New York in 1854

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  • Kitty Michelle Winn (b. 1944), American actress
  • James Winn (b. 1959), American former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Peter Winn, American professor of history at Tufts University
  • Dwight Randolph Winn (b. 1974), retired Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Edward Lawrence Winn Jr. (b. 1919), American politician, U.S. Republican politician to the United States House of Representatives from Kansas
  • Colonel Martin J. "Matt" Winn (1861-1949), American thoroughbred horse racing president of Churchill Downs racetrack
  • Richard Winn (1750-1818), American merchant, surveyor, and politician from South Carolina
  • Mississippi Winn (1897-2011), American supercentenarian
  • Major General Albert Maver Winn (1810-1883), American military officer and politician
  • Charles Rowland Allanson Winn, 7th Baron Hedley

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  • The Winns of Fairfield County: Colonel John Winn, William Winn, General Richard Winn by Buford S. Chappell.
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  7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Winn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Winn 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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