Early Origins of the Gwinnett family
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
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
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.
Early History of the Gwinnett family
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Gwinnett Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Gwinnett, Gwinet, Gwinett, Gwinnet and others.
Early Notables of the Gwinnett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gwinnett family to the New World and Oceana
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
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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