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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.

Gwin Early Origins



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), 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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Gwin Spelling Variations


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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.

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Gwin Early History


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Gwin Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gwin research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1508, 1537, 1584, 1584, 1591, 1537, 1584, 1584, 1970, 1623, 1673, 1654, 1662, 1648, 1734, 1650, 1687 and are included under the topic Early Gwin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gwin Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gwin Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Robert Gwin ( fl. 1591), a Welsh Roman Catholic priest and author; 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...

Another 79 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gwin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gwin In Ireland


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Gwin In Ireland



Some of the Gwin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



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, arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1844
  • William M Gwin, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

Gwin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Matilda Gwin, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"
  • Ann Gwin, aged 16, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Epaminondas"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gwin (post 1700)


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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

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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    2. Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
    3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. 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.
    7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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    The Gwin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gwin 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 25 November 2015 at 10:17.

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