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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.

Gwilliam Early Origins



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.

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Gwilliam Spelling Variations


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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.

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Gwilliam Early History


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Gwilliam Early History



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

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Gwilliam Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gwilliam Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gwilliam 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 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 settled in Barbados in 1654
  • William Gwilliam settled in Virginia in 1654
  • John Gwilliam, who landed in America in 1654-1679

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gwilliam (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gwilliam (post 1700)



  • John Albert Gwilliam (b. 1923), captain of the Welsh Rugby Team in 1950 and 1952
  • George Henry Gwilliam (b. 1914), English Aramaicist
  • Brad Gwilliam (b. 1966), former Australian rules footballer
  • John Gwilliam, Headmaster of Birkenhead School

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Gwilliam Historic Events


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Gwilliam Historic Events




HMS Repulse

  • Mr. William H Gwilliam, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Gwilliam Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
    6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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    The Gwilliam Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gwilliam 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 12 November 2015 at 23:32.

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