Gwin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
From the Celtic land of Wales came the name Gwin. This name initially evolved from person with light-colored hair or a pale complexion; the surname Gwin may have also been applied to someone who habitually wore white or pale-colored clothing. The name Gwin, one of only a few Welsh nickname surnames, is derived from the Welsh word "gwyn," which means "fair" or "white." Other references claim the name is derived from the words "llwch" meaning "dust" or gwin meaning "wine."  
According to Welsh tradition, the Adar Llwch Gwin were giant birds given to Drudwas ap Tryffin by his fairy wife. The birds obeyed their master and assisted him in battle. The term later appeared in Welsh poetry to describe hawks, falcons and occasionally brave men.
Gwenwynwyn (d. 1218?), Prince of Powys, "was the eldest son of Owain Cyveiliog, prince of Powys. In 1186 he is first mentioned as joining with his brother Cadwallon in slaying Owain, son of Madog, by treachery. In 1196 he was engaged in war with Archbishop Hubert Walter and an army of English and North Welsh. His castle of Trallong Llewelyn was besieged and taken by undermining the walls; but the garrison escaped, and before the end of the year Gwenwynwyn again took the castle ." 
Early Origins of the Gwin family
The surname Gwin was first found in Breconshire (Welsh: Sir Frycheiniog), a traditional county in southern Wales, which takes its name from the Welsh kingdom of Brycheiniog (5th-10th centuries.) "Gwyn, however, is a very old and has often been a distinguished South Wales name, especially in Brecknockshire." 
Thomas filius Win was listed in Shropshire in 1255; and Wyn, Win was found in Ellesmere in 1280. 
Early History of the Gwin family
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Gwin Spelling Variations
Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Gwin has occasionally been spelled Gwynne, Gwin, Gwine, Gwinn, Gwinne, Gwyn, Gwynn and many more.
Early Notables of the Gwin family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Saint Richard Gwyn (ca. 1537-1584), also known as Richard White, a Welsh school teacher, martyred high treason in 1584 but later canonised by Pope Paul VI in 1970; George Gwynne (c 1623-1673), a Welsh politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1654 and 1662; Francis Gwyn PC (1648-1734), a Welsh politician and official; and Eleanor "Nell" Gwyn...
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In the United States, the name Gwin is the 6,759th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. 
Migration of the Gwin family to Ireland
Some of the Gwin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Gwin migration to the United States +
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Gwin:
Gwin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Griffin Gwin, who landed in Virginia in 1652 
- John Gwin, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 
- Eliz Gwin, who arrived in Virginia in 1666 
Gwin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Daniel Gwin, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1841 
- Alexander Gwin, aged 28, who arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1844 
- William M Gwin, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 
Gwin migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Gwin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Matilda Gwin, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" 
- Ann Gwin, aged 16, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas" 
Contemporary Notables of the name Gwin (post 1700) +
- Aaron Holmes Gwin (b. 1987), American professional downhill mountain biker
- James S. Gwin (b. 1954), American jurist, Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio (1997-)
- William McKendree Gwin (1805-1885), American physician and politician, United States Senator from California (1850-1855) and (1857-1861)
- William Gwin (1832-1863), American officer in the United States Navy during the American Civil War, eponym of four ships named USS Gwin
- Robert Gwin (b. 1591), Welsh Roman Catholic divine
- William Gwin Benbrook (1837-1922), American politician, Mayor of Natchez, Mississippi, 1889-1922
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The Gwin Motto +
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Vim vi repellere licet
Motto Translation: It is lawful to repel force by force.
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- ^ South Australian Register Monday 26th December 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Epaminondas 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/epaminondas1853.shtml.