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

The Gawne surname is a Brythonic Celtic name that comes from the personal name Gawen. This name was popular due to the exploits traditionally attributed to Sir Gawaine, a nephew of King Arthur who was a native of the English/ Welsh border area and was famed for his exploits as a Knight of the Round Table. Independently, the surname Gawne is native to the Isle of Man, and as a Manx name, it is an occupational surname derived from Mac-an-Gabhain, which means the smith's son.


Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Gawne has seen various spelling variations: Gawen, Gaven, Gavin and others.

First found in Wiltshire, 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gawne research. Another 161 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gawne History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Gawne Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gawne Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Gawne, aged 31, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
  • Emma Gawne, aged 32, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
  • Lillian J. Gawne, aged 4, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
  • Westley Gawne, aged 2, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873
  • Mabel Gawne, aged 6 months, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Edward P Bouverie" in 1873


  • Philip Anderson "Phil" Gawne (b. 1965), British Manx politician
  • Edward Moore Gawne (1802-1871), Speaker of the House of Keys in the Isle of Man


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