The surname Avon is a patronymic
surname created from the Welsh personal name
Lefan, or Evan, which is a cognate of the personal name John.
Early Origins of the Avon family
The surname Avon was first found in Herefordshire
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Avon family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Avon research.Another 251 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1050, 1632, 1080, 1607, 1660, 1645, 1679, 1630, 1702, 1720, 1693, 1734, 1723, 1715, 1680, 1749 and are included under the topic Early Avon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Avon Spelling Variations
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 Avon has occasionally been spelled Evans, Evan, Evance, Evands, Evanson, Evason, Evens, Evenson and many more.
Early Notables of the Avon family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Rhirid Flaith a descendant in the Evans line about 1080; Arise Evans (or Rhys or Rice Evans) (1607-1660), a Welsh
prophet and fanatic; Saint Philip Evans (1645-1679), Welsh
priest, declared guilty of treason and executed, one of The Forty Martyrs of... Another 64 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Avon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Avon family to Ireland
Some of the Avon family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 207 words (15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Avon family to the New World and Oceana
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 Avon: Stephen Evan who settled in Philadelphia in 1683 with his wife and two children; Anne, Christopher, Clement, Daniel, Edward, Elizabeth, Francis, Griffin, George, Henry, James, John, Joan, Laurence, Margaret, Mary, Richard, Robert, Simon, Thomas, William Evans, who all settled in Virginia between 1623 and 1640.
Contemporary Notables of the name Avon (post 1700)
- Terry Avon Redlin (1937-2016), American artist, known for his paintings of outdoor themes and wildlife, named America's Most Popular Artist from 1991 to 1998
- Avon R. Honey (1947-2010), American Democratic member of the Louisiana House of Representatives