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

The old, proud name Welsh name Wynne 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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Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Wynne name over the years has been spelled 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 Wynne 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 Wynne 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 Wynne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Wynne 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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Many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Wynne:

Wynne Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Wynne and his wife Catherine settled in Plymouth in 1620
  • Robert Wynne (1622-1675), born in Canterbury, England who settled in Charles City County, Virginia in 1656 becoming a landowner and politican, and later 14th Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses (1662-1674)
  • Thomas Wynne, who landed in Maryland in 1662
  • Tibatha Wynne, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Thomas and Rebecca Wynne settled in Pennsylvania in 1682


Wynne Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Patrick Wynne, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Michael Wynne, aged 60, landed in New York, NY in 1848
  • Bridget Wynne, aged 30, arrived in New York, NY in 1848
  • John Wynne, who arrived in America in 1854
  • James E Wynne, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1869


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  • Robert Wynne (1851-1922), American government administrator, Postmaster General (1904-1905)
  • Arthur Wynne (1862-1945), British-born American editor, inventor of the crossword puzzle in 1913
  • Angus G. Wynne (b. 1914), American businessman, founder of Wynnewood Shopping Center and Six Flags theme parks
  • Angus G Wynne III (b. 1943), son of Angus Wynee, actor and owner of Wynne Entertainment in Dallas
  • Lyman C. Wynne (1923-2007), American psychiatrist and psychologist, specialist in schizophrenia
  • Michael W. Wynne (b. 1944), American business executive, the 21st United States Secretary of the Air Force
  • Marvell Wynne (b. 1959), American Major League Baseball who played from 1983 to 1990
  • David Wynne (1900-1983), Welsh composer
  • Ellis Wynne (1671-1734), Welsh clergyman and author
  • Emanuel Wynne, French pirate of the 1700s, and was the first pirate to fly the Jolly Roger

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  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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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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The Wynne Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Wynne 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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