The Irish name Gwynnie was originally written in a Gaelic form as O Coinne, which means descendant of Coinneach. The personal name
Coinneach was often Anglicized to Canice or Kenny.
Early Origins of the Gwynnie family
The surname Gwynnie was first found in County Tyrone
(Irish:Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster
, central Northern Ireland
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times. They were directly descended from King Colla da Crioch, the Irish King of Ulster, who was banished to Scotland
with 350 Clann chiefs in the year 327.
Early History of the Gwynnie family
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Gwynnie Spelling Variations
Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations
of the surname Gwynnie are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Quinney, Guinney, Guiney, Gunny, Gunie, Gunney, O'Quinney, O'Guinney and many more.
Early Notables of the Gwynnie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gwynnie family to the New World and Oceana
The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families
for the distant shores of North America and Australia
. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England
. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence
. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland
at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Gwynnie family relocated to North American shores quite early: Claudine Guenee landed in Louisiana in 1719; Richard Gunny landed in Virginia in 1637; Griffith, and Thomas Gunie settled in Virginia in 1623; Sarah Gunney settled in Virginia in 1653.