A product of the ancient Brythonic Celts
, the name Owain, is from the Welsh personal name
Owen or Owain. The Old Welsh
forms of this name were Ouen and Ouein and were borrowed from the Latin name Eugenius. This is in turn derived from the Greek name Eugenios, which means well-born or noble. The name was recorded in Wales
as early as 926 AD, when Uwen Wenta Cyning was noted.
Early Origins of the Owain family
The surname Owain was first found in Montgomeryshire
(Welsh: Sir Drefaldwyn), located in mid-Eastern Wales
, one of thirteen historic counties, and anciently the medieval kingdom of Powys
Wenwynwyn, 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.
Early History of the Owain family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Owain research.Another 253 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1169, 1661, 1624, 1640, 1600, 1666, 1616, 1683, 1608, 1678, 1645, 1678, 1645, 1698, 1676, 1679, 1664, 1622, 1692, 1659, 1647, 1639, 1700 and are included under the topic Early Owain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Owain Spelling Variations
Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh
surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh
society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales
could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Owain has seen various spelling variations: Owen, Owens, MacOwen, Owenson, Owenby, Ownby and others.
Early Notables of the Owain family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Thomas Owen (died 1661), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1624 and 1640, supporter of the Royalist cause in the English Civil War; Sir John Owen (1600-1666), a Welsh
Royalist officer during the English Civil War... Another 100 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Owain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Owain family to Ireland
Some of the Owain 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.
Migration of the Owain 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 Owain: Richard Owen, who came to Virginia in 1622; Edward Owen, who settled in Virginia in 1636; Anne Owen, her husband and servants, who settled in Barbados in 1680.