Show ContentsGethin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Celtic name of Gethin was derived from the rugged landscape of Wales. This old, proud name is from the Welsh personal name Gethin. According to some experts, this forename is derived from the word "cethin," which means "dusky" or "dark."

Early Origins of the Gethin family

The surname Gethin was first found in Cheshire, where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor near Malpas. The main stem of the family is said to be descended from David Goch, a Welsh chieftain, Lord of Penmachno of Fedwdeg. One of the oldest records of the name was Rhys Gethin (died 1405), Welsh standard bearer and a leading general in the revolt of Owain Glyndwr in which he led an army which captured several castles in South Wales; and later Ieuan Gethin ap Ieuan ap Lleision (fl. c. 1450) was a Welsh language poet and gentleman from Baglan, Glamorgan. A large number of his own poems remain in existence today.

Early History of the Gethin family

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Gethin Spelling Variations

There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Gethin have included Gethin, Gethyn, Gethyns, Gethyng, Gethings, Gething, Gethinge, Getting, Gettings, Gittings, Gittens, Gittins, Gidding, Giddings, Gettins, Giddens, Giddins, Gidden, Giddens, Gettens, Gitting and many more.

Early Notables of the Gethin family

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was

  • Rhys Gethin (died 1405), key figure in the revolt of Owain Glyndwr, standard bearer and a leading general, took part in the crucial Welsh victory at the Battle of Bryn Glas (1402), led an army which c...
  • Lady Grace Gethin (1676-1697), was a "learned lady, daughter of Sir George Norton of Abbot's Leigh, Somersetshire, was born in 1676, married Sir Richard Gethin, Baronet, of Gethin Grott, Ireland, and...
  • Richard Gething (1585?-1652?), was an English calligrapher, a native of Herefordshire, and a scholar of John Davies, the famous writing-master of Hereford. 1

Ireland Migration of the Gethin family to Ireland

Some of the Gethin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Gethin migration to the United States +

During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Gethin:

Gethin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Roseanna Gethin, aged 5, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Harry M. Gethin, aged 38, who landed in America from Kidderminster, England, in 1912
  • Anna Gethin, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States, in 1914
  • Ytensey Gethin, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1914
  • Evan Thomas Gethin, aged 36, who immigrated to America from Walton, in 1919
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Gethin migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gethin Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Charles Henry Gethin, aged 59, who immigrated to Guelph, Ontario, Canada, in 1918

New Zealand Gethin 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:

Gethin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Ann Gethin, (b. 1835), aged 27, British dairymaid travelling from London aboard the ship "Echunga" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 24th December 1862 2
  • Alexander J. C. Gethin, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Andrew Jackson" in 1865
  • Miss Elizabeth Gethin, British domestic servant travelling from London aboard the ship "Himalaya" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 10th February 1867 2

Contemporary Notables of the name Gethin (post 1700) +

  • George Gethin, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York, 1892, 1895, 1898, 1902; Prohibition Candidate for Mayor of New York City, New York, 1894 3
  • William George Gethin (1877-1939), English cricketer
  • Stanley John Gethin (1875-1950), English cricketer
  • Dr. Rupert Mark Lovell Gethin (b. 1957), Scottish Lecturer in Indian Religions in the Department of Theology and Religious Studies
  • Peter Kenneth Gethin (1940-2011), British racing driver from Ewell, Surrey, winner of the 1971 Italian Grand Prix
  • Martin Gethin, English Lightweight boxer, English Lightweight champion
  • Sir Richard Joseph St Lawrence Gethin (b. 1949), 10th Baronet of Gethinsgrott, County Cork
  • Sir Richard Patrick St Lawrence Gethin (1911-1988), 9th Baronet of Gethinsgrott, County Cork
  • Sir Richard Walter St Lawrence Gethin (1878-1946), 8th Baronet of Gethinsgrott, County Cork
  • Sir Richard Charles Percy Gethin (1847-1921), 7th Baronet of Gethinsgrott, County Cork
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

  1. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook