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

The old, proud name Welsh name Wynn 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.


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 Wynn 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wynn 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 Wynn History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the Wynn 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.


Many Welsh joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Wynn:

Wynn Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Joe Wynn settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Methew Wynn, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • Hugh Wynn, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Christopher Wynn, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Garrett Wynn, who arrived in Virginia in 1647

Wynn Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Luke Wynn, who landed in Virginia in 1701

Wynn Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • John Wynn, aged 30, arrived in Massachusetts in 1812
  • Joseph Wynn, who landed in New York in 1820


  • Stephen Alan Wynn (b. 1942), Las Vegas casino resort developer
  • Albert Wynn (b. 1951), former Democratic congressman from Maryland
  • DeShawn Wynn (b. 1983), American NFL running back for the Green Bay Packers
  • Keenan Wynn (1916-1986), American character actor
  • Steve Wynn (b. 1960), American songwriter
  • William "Will" Wynn (1949-2013), American NFL football defensive end
  • Sir John Wynn (1553-1627), 1st Baronet, Member of Parliament, Welsh nobleman
  • Charles Watkins Williams Wynn (1775-1850), British Conservative politician
  • Robert Charles Michael Vaughan Wynn (1917-1998), 7th Baron Newborough
  • Mr. Walter Wynn, aged 41, English Quartermaster from Shirley, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 9


  • A Family History of the Wynns (Winn, Wynne) of Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia by Charles Arthur Wynn.


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The Wynn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wynn 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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