The old, proud name Welsh
name Gwinynd is derived from the Welsh
word "gwyn," which means "fair" or "white." It was a nickname
for a person with light-colored hair or a pale complexion, or perhaps for someone who habitually wore white or pale-colored clothing.
Early Origins of the Gwinynd family
The surname Gwinynd was first found in Carnarvonshire
(Welsh: Sir Gaernarfon), a former county in Northwest Wales
, anciently part of the Kingdom of Gwynedd, and today divided between the unitary authorities of Gwynedd and Conwy, where this distinguished Welsh
family claim lineal descent from Brochwel, Prince of Powys
, who was Commander of the Welsh
forces under Cadvan in the memorable battle near Chester fought with the Saxons
under King Ethelred of Northumberland
in the year 603.
Early History of the Gwinynd family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gwinynd research.Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1559, 1544, 1553, 1556, 1520, 1580, 1553, 1627, 1602, 1671, 1588, 1649, 1626, 1611, 1622, 1675, 1628, 1719, 1671, 1673, 1674, 1675, 1675, 1676, 1650, 1714, 1695, 1677, 1749, 1742, 1689, 1718, 1713 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Gwinynd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gwinynd Spelling Variations
There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. Early variations of Welsh
surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic
, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh
names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations
were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Gwinynd have included Wynne, Wynn, Wyn, Win, Gwynne, Gwynn, Winne, Winn, Gwinn, Gwinne and many more.
Early Notables of the Gwinynd family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was John Wynn ap Maredudd (died 1559), Head of the House of Aberffraw, High Sheriff
for 1544, 1553 and 1556; Maurice Wynn or Morys Wynn ap John of Gwydir (c.
courtier and politician who held the Gwydir estate... Another 149 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gwinynd Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gwinynd family to Ireland
Some of the Gwinynd family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 199 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gwinynd family to the New World and Oceana
During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales
journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Gwinynd: Thomas Wynne and his wife Catherine settled in Plymouth in 1620; the same year as the "Mayflower"; Ed Winn settled in North Carolina in 1701.