The old, proud name Welsh
name Gwynyn 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 Gwynyn family
The surname Gwynyn 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 Gwynyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gwynyn 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 Gwynyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Gwynyn Spelling Variations
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 Gwynyn has occasionally been spelled Wynne, Wynn, Wyn, Win, Gwynne, Gwynn, Winne, Winn, Gwinn, Gwinne and many more.
Early Notables of the Gwynyn 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 Gwynyn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Gwynyn family to Ireland
Some of the Gwynyn 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 Gwynyn family to the New World and Oceana
migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh
families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Gwynyn: 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.