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The origins of the Welsh name Guillen go back to those ancient Celts known as the Britons that once occupied the hills and Moors of Wales. This old Welsh surname is from the personal name Gwilliam, which is a Welsh form of the name William.

Guillen Early Origins



The surname Guillen was first found in Chirk, 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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Guillen Spelling Variations


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Guillen Spelling Variations



Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Guillen have included Gwilliam, Gwuilliam, Guilliam and others.

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Guillen Early History


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Guillen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Guillen research. Another 198 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1351 is included under the topic Early Guillen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Guillen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Guillen Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Guillen Notables 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 Guillen:

Guillen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Juan Guillen, who arrived in America in 1814
  • Catalina Guillen, who arrived in America in 1814
  • Juana Guillen, who landed in America in 1814
  • Anton Guillen, who arrived in America in 1815
  • Alonso Guillen, who landed in America in 1826
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Guillen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Guillen (post 1700)



  • Mauro F. Guillén, American sociologist, political economist, and management educator
  • Alita K. Haytayan Guillen (b. 1970), American former television news anchor and reporter
  • Hannia Guillen (b. 1982), Cuban-American actress
  • Ryan Guillen (b. 1977), American politician, American Texas State Representative
  • Ryan Guillen, American Democrat politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 31st District; Elected unopposed 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010; Elected 2012
  • Dalinda Guillen, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2008
  • Eva Amador Guillén (b. 1957), Spanish politician
  • Gilda Antonia Guillén (1959-2006), Cuban writer and poet
  • Rafael Guillén (b. 1933), Spanish poet
  • Rodolfo Guillén (b. 1986), Paraguayan footballer
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    3. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. 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.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The Guillen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Guillen 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 20 January 2016 at 10:39.

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