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Gwilliam History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The origins of the Welsh name Gwilliam 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.

Early Origins of the Gwilliam family


The surname Gwilliam 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.

Early History of the Gwilliam family


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Gwilliam 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 Gwilliam have included Gwilliam, Gwuilliam, Guilliam and others.

Early Notables of the Gwilliam family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Gwilliam family to the New World and Oceana


Many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Gwilliam:

Gwilliam Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Gwilliam, who settled in Barbados in 1654
  • William Gwilliam, who settled in Virginia in 1654
  • John Gwilliam, who landed in America in 1654-1679 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Contemporary Notables of the name Gwilliam (post 1700)


  • John Albert Gwilliam (1923-2016), Welsh rugby union player and schoolteacher
  • George Henry Gwilliam (b. 1914), English Aramaicist
  • Brad Gwilliam (b. 1966), former Australian rules footballer
  • John Gwilliam, Headmaster of Birkenhead School

Historic Events for the Gwilliam family



HMS Repulse

  • Mr. William H Gwilliam, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html

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