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From the Celtic land of Wales came the name Ginn. This name initially evolved from person with light-colored hair or a pale complexion; the surname Ginn may have also been applied to someone who habitually wore white or pale-colored clothing. The name Ginn, one of only a few Welsh nickname surnames, is derived from the Welsh word "gwyn," which means "fair" or "white." Other references claim the name is derived from the words "llwch" meaning "dust" or gwin meaning "wine." According to Welsh tradition, the Adar Llwch Gwin were giant birds given to Drudwas ap Tryffin by his fairy wife. The birds obeyed their master and assisted him in battle. The term later appeared in Welsh poetry to describe hawks, falcons and occasionally brave men.

Ginn Early Origins



The surname Ginn was first found in Breconshire (Welsh: Sir Frycheiniog), a traditional county in southern Wales, which takes its name from the Welsh kingdom of Brycheiniog (5th-10th centuries), 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.

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Ginn Spelling Variations


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Ginn Spelling Variations



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. Clerks 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 Ginn name over the years has been spelled Gwynne, Gwin, Gwine, Gwinn, Gwinne, Gwyn, Gwynn and many more.

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Ginn Early History


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Ginn Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ginn research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1508, 1537, 1584, 1584, 1591, 1537, 1584, 1584, 1970, 1623, 1673, 1654, 1662, 1648, 1734, 1650, 1687 and are included under the topic Early Ginn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ginn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ginn Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Robert Gwin ( fl. 1591), a Welsh Roman Catholic priest and author; Saint Richard Gwyn ( ca. 1537-1584), also known as Richard White, a Welsh school teacher, martyred high treason in 1584 but later canonised by Pope Paul VI in 1970; George Gwynne...

Another 79 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ginn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ginn In Ireland


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Ginn In Ireland



Some of the Ginn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many Welsh joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Ginn:

Ginn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Ginn, who landed in New England in 1769

Ginn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ann Ginn, aged 50, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • Jane Ginn, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • John Ginn, aged 28, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Margaret Ginn, aged 26, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
  • James Ginn, who arrived in America in 1806
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ginn Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Sadie Ginn, aged 7, who emigrated to the United States from Antrim, in 1906
  • Jennie Ginn, aged 25, who landed in America from Antrim, in 1906
  • Hannah Ginn, aged 21, who emigrated to America from Castlegregory, Ireland, in 1907
  • William Ginn, aged 30, who landed in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1907
  • Maud Ginn, who emigrated to the United States from Larne, Ireland, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Ginn Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Alice Ginn, aged 32, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1916
  • Dorothy Ginn, aged 19, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1922
  • Frederick R Ginn, aged 51, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1923

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ginn (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ginn (post 1700)



  • Tinsley Rucker Ginn (1891-1931), American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Hubert Ginn (b. 1947), former professional American NFL football player
  • Ted Ginn Sr. (b. 1955), American football coach
  • Edwin Ginn (1838-1914), American publisher and philanthropist
  • Theodore "Ted" Ginn Jr. (b. 1985), American NFL football wide receiver
  • Gregory Regis Ginn (b. 1954), American guitarist, songwriter, and singer
  • Edward Robert "Bobby" Ginn III, former chairman and CEO of Ginn Resorts, co-founder of Ginn Racing
  • Stewart Ginn (b. 1949), Australian professional golfer

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Suggested Readings for the name Ginn


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Suggested Readings for the name Ginn



  • The Ginns and Their Kin by Marie Lutter Upton.

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Motto


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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: Vim vi repellere licet
Motto Translation: It is lawful to repel force by force.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    5. Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 8 May 2016 at 18:27.

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