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Gwinnett Early Origins



The surname Gwinnett was first found in Herefordshire, where they held a family seat on the Welsh border. The Celtic resistance north and south along the border of Wales and England was considerably increased after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The Normans met more resistance from the Welsh than in the rest of England. The Welsh fought from behind their hills and mountains and tenaciously held their ground. Finally, Edward 1st, to placate this founding nation, conferred the principality of Wales upon his eldest son, who became Edward II. This brought Wales into England as an equal while the King was alive, and integral part of the royal title when on the throne. Edward III confirmed and all Princes of Wales were presented to the Welsh people at Caernarvon Castle. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Welsh surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

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Gwinnett Spelling Variations


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Gwinnett Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Gwinnett, Gwinet, Gwinett, Gwinnet and others.

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Gwinnett Early History


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Gwinnett Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gwinnett research. Another 301 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1543, 1455, 1487 and 1717 are included under the topic Early Gwinnett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gwinnett Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gwinnett Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gwinnett 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:

Gwinnett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Daniel Gwinnett, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Daniel Gwinnett, aged 59, who emigrated to America from Dublin, in 1903
  • Eliza Gwinnett, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Eliza Gwinnett, aged 54, who emigrated to the United States from Dublin, in 1903
  • William Gwinnett, aged 21, who settled in America from Coventry, in 1905
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gwinnett (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gwinnett (post 1700)



  • Richard Gwinnett (d. 1717), English dramatist, best known as the author of a play entitled "'The Country Squire, or a Christmas Gambol"
  • Button Gwinnett (1735-1777), English-born, American politician who was the second of the signatories on the United States Declaration of Independence as a representative of Georgia

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