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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.

Gwillim Early Origins



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.

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Gwillim Spelling Variations


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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.

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Gwillim Early History


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Gwillim Early History



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

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Gwillim Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gwillim Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gwillim 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



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"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gwillim (post 1700)


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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    3. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    7. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    10. 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.
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    The Gwillim Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gwillim 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.

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