Anwyl History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Anwyl family

The surname Anwyl was first found in Chirk, where the family name was first referenced in the year 1391 when Jevan Anwyl held estates in Chirk. Alternatively, the family could have originated at Enville, a parish, in the union of Seisdon in Staffordshire. [1]

"This surname is derived from the name of an ancestor. 'the son of Anwyl.' This is a Welsh surname, and as at least ninety-five per cent, of its nomenclature is baptismal, I feel bound to place it under that class; but I have not met with the name in early records." [2]

Literally, the name means "beloved, dear." [3] [4]

At one time, the ancient mansion of Parc, in the parish of Llanfrothen was for many generations the home of the Anwyls (Anwyl of Llugwy)

The Annals and antiquities of the counties and county families of Wales (1872) notes:

"The ancient family of Anwyl have resided at Llugwy from the time when Maurice Anwyl (circa 1695) m. Joan, the heiress of that place, but previously for many ages at Parc, in the parish of Llanfrothen, in the same county of Merionethshire. There Lewys Dwnn, Deputy Herald, found them, in the 16th Century, when pursuing his Heraldic Visitation of Wales; and there they had then been seated for several generations. Their lineage is from Owain Gwynedd, the illustrious Prince of North Wales (12th cent.), son of Prince Gruffudd ap Cynan, of the direct line (through the eldest son, Anarawd) of Rhodri Mawr, King, first of N. Wales, then of all Wales (9th cent.)."

"The mansion of Llugwy, pleasantly situated on the banks of Dovey (Dyfi), is very ancient, but of date unknown. The older abode of the Anwyls, Pare (Parc), near Penrhy-deudraeth, although long neglected, has not altogether disappeared. It is approached by a drive more than a mile in length."

Early History of the Anwyl family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Anwyl research. Another 54 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1645, 1695 and 1611 are included under the topic Early Anwyl History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Anwyl Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Anwyl, Anvil, Henville, Envill, Henville, Hanvill, Envill and many more.

Early Notables of the Anwyl family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was John Anwyl, Esquire of LLanfendigaid; William Lewis Anwyl of Pre, Sherrif of Merioneth in 1611; and Richard Anwyl...
Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Anwyl Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Anwyl migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Anwyl Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Geo. B. Anwyl, aged 21, arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Berlin" from Southampton, England [5]
Anwyl Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Griffith William Anwyl, aged 37, originally from Buckenham, England, arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Majestic (1890)" from Soton [6]
  • Cyris Anwyl, aged 17, arrived in New York in 1918 aboard the ship "Carpathia" from Glasgow, Scotland [7]
  • Harold W. Anwyl, aged 40, originally from Johannesberg, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Southampton, England [8]
  • William Anwyl, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Caronia" from Liverpool, England [9]
  • Alfred Anwyl, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England [10]

Canada Anwyl migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Anwyl Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Anwyl, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

New Zealand Anwyl migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Anwyl Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Anwyl, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "Earl of Lonsdale" arriving in Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand on 11th April 1841 [11]
  • Mrs. Anwyl, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "Earl of Lonsdale" arriving in Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand on 11th April 1841 [11]
  • Child Anwyl, Australian settler travelling from Sydney aboard the ship "Earl of Lonsdale" arriving in Bay of Islands, North Island, New Zealand on 11th April 1841 [11]

Contemporary Notables of the name Anwyl (post 1700) +

  • Major Robert Townshend Anwyl -Passingham, OBE DL JP (1867-1926), British Deputy Inspector-General of Military Police in Burma and Double Company Commander of the 72nd Punjabis
  • Major Robert Townshend Anwyl -Passingham, DL, JP, of Bryn-e-groes, Merioneth, father of Robert Townshend Anwyl-Passingham
  • Edward Anwyl (1786-1857), popular Welsh Wesleyan minister from Llanegryn, Mer
  • Lewis Anwyl (1705-1776), Welsh cleric and author from Llandecwyn, Gwynedd
  • John Bodvan Anwyl (1875-1949), Welsh Congregational minister, lexicographer, and author, descended from the Anwyl family of Caerwys, Flintshire
  • Sir Edward Anwyl (1866-1914), English-born, Welsh academic who specialized the Celtic languages, co-founder of Cymdeithas Dafydd ap Gwilym, Professor of Welsh at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth
  • Megan Irene Anwyl (b. 1962), former Australian politician, Member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly for Kalgoorlie (1996–2001)
  • Robert Charles Anwyl Esq (b. 1849), of Llugwy, Merionethshire, lineal descendant of the Anwyls of Llugwy


The Anwyl Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtus vera nobilitas
Motto Translation: Virtue is true nobility.


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6YY-72Q : 6 December 2014), Geo. B. Anwyl, 31 Jul 1893; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Berlin, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXGX-MMP : 6 December 2014), Griffith William Anwyl, 27 Feb 1908; citing departure port Soton, arrival port New York, ship name Majestic (1890), NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ8Z-SMW : 6 December 2014), Cyris Anwyl, 04 Mar 1918; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Carpathia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  8. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J64P-N2W : 6 December 2014), Harold W. Anwyl, 25 Dec 1919; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Mauretania, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  9. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6HH-WJ4 : 6 December 2014), William Anwyl, 12 Sep 1920; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Caronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  10. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6N7-QPR : 6 December 2014), Alfred Anwyl, 25 Jul 1921; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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