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From the Celtic land of Wales came the name Gwynn. This name initially evolved from person with light-colored hair or a pale complexion; the surname Gwynn may have also been applied to someone who habitually wore white or pale-colored clothing. The name Gwynn, 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.

Gwynn Early Origins



The surname Gwynn 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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Gwynn Spelling Variations


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Gwynn 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 Gwynn has occasionally been spelled Gwynne, Gwin, Gwine, Gwinn, Gwinne, Gwyn, Gwynn and many more.

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Gwynn Early History


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Gwynn Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gwynn 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 Gwynn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gwynn Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gwynn 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 Gwynn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gwynn In Ireland


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Gwynn In Ireland



Some of the Gwynn 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 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Gwynn

Gwynn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Abigail Gwynn, who arrived in Virginia in 1653
  • Richard Gwynn, who landed in Maryland in 1665
  • Sarah Gwynn, who landed in Maryland in 1668

Gwynn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannah Gwynn, who landed in Virginia in 1713
  • Peter Gwynn, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Roderick Gwynn, who arrived in Georgia in 1752
  • James Gwynn settled in Maryland in 1774
  • John Gwynn, who arrived in Frederick County, Maryland in 1796

Gwynn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Josiah Gwynn, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872

Gwynn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J. Gwynn arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mallard" in 1870

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Contemporary Notables of the name Gwynn (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Gwynn (post 1700)



  • Walter Gwynn (1802-1882), American civil engineer and soldier, a Virginia Provisional Army general and North Carolina militia brigadier general in the American Civil War
  • Anthony Keith "Tony" Gwynn Jr. (b. 1982), American Major League Baseball outfielder for the Philadelphia Phillies, son of Tony Gwynn
  • Darbi Gwynn, American actress, stunt performer, and singer
  • Anthony Keith "Tony" Gwynn (1960-2014), nicknamed Mr. Padre and Captain Video, American Major League Baseball player with a career 3,141 hits, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007
  • William Gwynn (1856-1897), Welsh international rugby union forward who played from 1879 to 1887 for Swansea
  • William Gwynn (1856-1897), Welsh international rugby union forward who played club rugby for Swansea, brother of David Gwynn
  • David "Dai" Gwynn (1861-1910), Welsh international rugby union wing player from Swansea
  • Major-General Sir Charles William Gwynn KCB, CMG, DSO, FRGS (1870-1962), Irish-born, British Army officer, geographer, explorer and author, Commandant of the Staff College, Camberley (1926-1931)
  • Denis Roleston Gwynn (1893-1973), Irish journalist, writer and professor of modern Irish history. He served in World War I
  • Aubrey Osborn Gwynn (1892-1983), Irish Jesuit historian, son of Stephen Gwynn
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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. 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.
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    5. Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
    6. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    8. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    11. ...

    The Gwynn Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gwynn 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.

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