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Gwillim History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Welsh name Gwillim 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 Gwillim family

The surname Gwillim 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 Gwillim family

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Gwillim 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. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders 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 Gwillim name over the years has been spelled Gwilliam, Gwuilliam, Guilliam and others.

Early Notables of the Gwillim family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Gwillim family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gwillim Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Morgan Gwillim, aged 25, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Amazon"
  • David Gwillim, aged 32, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Amazon"

Contemporary Notables of the name Gwillim (post 1700)

  • Elizabeth Posthuma Gwillim (1762-1850), maiden name of Elizabeth Simcoe, English-born, Canadian artist and diarist, wife of John Graves Simcoe, the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada
  • Lady Elizabeth Gwillim (1763-1807), British wildlife bird artist
  • David Gwillim (b. 1948), English actor, best known for playing Prince Hal in the BBC Television Shakespeare adaptations, son of Jack Gwillim
  • Jack William Frederick Gwillim (1909-2001), English character actor
  • Gareth Stuart Gwillim (b. 1983), English professional footballer

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