Brythonic in origin, the name of Onnyon came from the rugged landscape of Wales
. The name is from the common Welsh personal name
Enion. The Old Welsh
form of this name was Enniaun, which is ultimately derived from the Latin name Annianus. The name is also associated with the Welsh
word "enion," which literally means "anvil" and connotes the qualities of stability and fortitude. Some experts also associate the surname Onnyon with the Welsh
word "uniawn," which means "upright" or "just." One of the most celebrated bearers of this forename was Einion (or Enyon), a 11th century Welsh
warrior-prince and the son of Collwyn. He played a significant role in the legend of the Conquest of Glamorgan by the Normans
. It is generally believed that he built Port Eynon castle near Swansea, but evidence of the early castle has been lost. Port Eynon (also spelt Port Einon) still survives today as a village and community in the city and county of Swansea.
Early Origins of the Onnyon family
The surname Onnyon was first found in Sussex
, where they held a family seat
from early times. The family name is derived from a very popular Welsh personal name
. In the 11th century Einion was a Welsh
prince and warrior, son of Collwyn. Prince Einion played a great part in the famous legend of the Conquest of Glamorgan by the Normans
. Today Port Eynon (Port Einon) is a village in Swansea, Wales
. In England
, the personal name
can be found in Shropshire
as early as 1159, where Ennian filius
Gieruero was registered.
Early History of the Onnyon family
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Onnyon 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 Onnyon has occasionally been spelled Einion, Ennian, Annian, Anyan, Einion, Ennion, Enions, Inion, Inions, Innion, Innions, Ineon, Eneon, Onion and many more.
Early Notables of the Onnyon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Onnyon family to Ireland
Some of the Onnyon family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 39 words (3 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 Onnyon family to the New World and Oceana
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales
joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Onnyon: Alice Onion, who settled in Virginia in 1653; with her husband Thomas; George Onion settled in Virginia in 1624 with his wife Elizabeth; Mary Onion and her husband who arrived in Barbados in 1654.