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A product of the ancient Brythonic Celts
, the name Owen, 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.
The surname Owen 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.
There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Owen have included Owen, Owens, MacOwen, Owenson, Owenby, Ownby and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Owen 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 Owen History in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
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 Owen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
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Some of the Owen 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
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During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales
journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Owen:
Owen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Richard Owen, who came to Virginia in 1622
- David Owen, who landed in Virginia in 1622
- Edward Owen, who landed in Virginia in 1636
- Edward Owen, who settled in Virginia in 1636
- Rowland Owen, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
Owen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Gustavos Owen, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
- Susanna Owen, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1710
- Susana Owen, who landed in Virginia in 1713
- Gilbert Owen, who landed in Virginia in 1714
- Jean Owen, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719
Owen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Hugh Owen, aged 42, landed in New York in 1812
- Luke Owen, aged 39, arrived in Maine in 1812
- Philip Owen, aged 22, landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1842
- Edmund Owen, aged 24, arrived in Mobile County, Ala in 1842
- George Owen, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1849
Owen Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- James Owen, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Mathew Owen, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Amos Owen, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
- Mr. Edward Owen U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 215 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York, USA
Owen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Michael Owen, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
Owen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Edward Owen, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- Thomas Owen, English convict from Shropshire, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
- William Owen, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- George Owen, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- John Owen, aged 38, Irish convict from Queens County, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on October 22nd, 1824, settling in New South Wales, Australia
Owen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- E. Owen arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Surge" in 1855
- G. Owen arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Surge" in 1855
- William Owen, aged 23, a rope maker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
- Elizabeth Owen, aged 20, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1856
- Mary Ann Owen arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Telegraph" in 1863
- William S. Owen, American Republican politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives from Piscataquis County, 1919-20
- William Henry Owen, American politician, Mayor of Meridian, Mississippi, 1923-33
- William H. Owen (b. 1843), American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Bridgewater, 1872-1911
- William E. Owen, American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Senate 29th District, 1951-54; Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Dunn County, 1957-58
- William Dale Owen (1846-1906), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Indiana 10th District, 1885-91; Secretary of State of Indiana, 1895-99
- William Owen, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Sussex County, 1875-76
- William Owen, American Democrat politician, Member of Democratic National Committee from Tennessee, 2004-08; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 2004, 2008
- Walter C. Owen (b. 1868), American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Senate 10th District, 1907-12; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1912; Wisconsin State Attorney General, 1913-18
- Volney Owen, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Herkimer County, 1838
- Tubal C. Owen, American politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from St. Clair County 1st District, 1870
- Mr. William Salisbury Owen, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
- Mr. Robert Owen, British Pantryman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
- Mr. William Albert Owen (1906-1941), Australian Warrant Officer Supply (S) from Willoughby, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
- Mr. Harold Owen (b. 1909), English Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Woolwich, London, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
- Mr. Wynne Owen, British Petty Officer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
- Mr. Owen, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
- Mr. John Owen, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
- Bryony Elise Owen (1987-1988), English Passenger from Bristol, England, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
- Gwyneth Yvonne Margaret Owen (1959-1988), English Student from Bristol, England, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
- Mr. Thomas Owen, English Linen keeper from Bootle, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
- Mr. Lewis Owen (d. 1912), aged 49, English Assistant Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
- A Fair and Happy Land by William A. Owens.
- Memories of an Ozark Mother: 100 Years of Stella Owen by Edgar Lyle Owen.
- Owings and Allied Families, 1685-1985: Genealogy of some of the Descendants of Richard Owings I of Maryland by Addison D. Owings.
- Bradsley C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print.
- Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
- Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
- Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
- Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
- Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
- Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
- Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
The Owen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Owen Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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