The surname Keegwen was derived from western region of Britain known as Wales
. Keegwen started as a nickname
for a person who was nicknamed "white dog" from the Old English word "Kei" - a dog, and "gwyn" - white: and thus figuratively, a hero. Nicknames form a broad category surnames, and were frequently the result of a spontaneous reaction to a particular occasion or event; thus their meanings were significant to the original bearers and their contemporaries, but baffle modern scholars who lack knowledge of the original context of the nickname.
Early Origins of the Keegwen family
The surname Keegwen was first found in Cardiganshire
(Welsh: Sir Aberteifi), the former Kingdom of Ceredigion, created as a county in 1282 by Edward I
, and located on the West coast of Wales
, where they held a family seat
. The name rose to prominence when they moved to Cornwall
and settled at Mousehole where the first on official record was Carne Keigwin of Mousehole about 1380. "An ancient Cornish family. Mr Dixon derives the surname from Welsh
and Cornish roots signifying White Dog, and the three greyhounds argent in the arms seem to allude to this derivation." CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Keegwen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Keegwen research.Another 365 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1410, 1432, 1595, 1658, 1646, 1641, 1716, 1682 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Keegwen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Keegwen Spelling Variations
have an extremely large amount of spelling variations
of their native surnames to their credit. Priests or the scribes determined how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales
were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations
were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Keegwen have included Keigwin, Keegwin, Keggwin, Keggin, Keigwine, Keigwyn, Kedgwynn and many more.
Early Notables of the Keegwen family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was John Keigwin (1641-1716) Cornish antiquary, born at Mousehole, notable for 'Mount Calvary' in Cornish, and his translations of... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Keegwen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Keegwen family to the New World and Oceana
North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh
people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Keegwen: Richard Keigwin who landed in North America in 1699.