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A product of the ancient Brythonic Celts of Wales, the name Owens, 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.

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The surname Owens 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.

Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. 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 were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Owens have included Owen, Owens, MacOwen, Owenson, Owenby, Ownby and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Owens 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 Owens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Owens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Owens 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.

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Many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Owens:

Owens Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Walter Owens, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • Timothy Owens, who arrived in Maryland in 1662
  • John Owens, who landed in Maryland in 1665
  • Ann Owens, who landed in Maryland in 1674
  • Joane Owens, who arrived in Virginia in 1699

Owens Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Owen Owens, who landed in Virginia in 1712
  • Joan Owens, who landed in Virginia in 1716
  • Edward Owens, who arrived in America in 1764
  • Hugh Owens, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1772
  • Simon Owens, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773
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Owens Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David Owens, who landed in America in 1802
  • Alexander Owens, aged 37, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Richard Owens, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Thomas Owens, aged 26, landed in New York in 1812
  • William Owens, aged 26, landed in Kennebunk, Me in 1830
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Owens Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John Owens U.E., (Owen) who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784

Owens Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Owens, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Sea Horse" in 1833
  • Sarah Owens, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Sea Horse" in 1833

Owens Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Owens, a bricklayer, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Samuel George Owens, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Mary Owens, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Bridget Owens arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1840
  • Edward Owens arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1840
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Owens Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Owens, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "India" in 1875
  • Mary Owens, aged 19, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "India" in 1875
  • Bridget Owens, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876
  • Eilliam Owens arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Unicorn" in 1881
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  • Major Robert Odell Owens (1936-2013), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1983-1993)
  • Patricia Molly Owens (1925-2000), Canadian-born American actress who appeared in 40 films, she starred in one of the episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents
  • Gary Owens (b. 1936), born Gary Altman, American disc jockey and voice actor, the announcer on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
  • Clarence Bernard "Brick" Owens (1885-1949), American Major League Baseball umpire who officiated in the 1918, 1922, 1925, 1928 and 1934 World Series
  • Bill Owens (b. 1950), American politician, 40th Governor of Colorado (1999-2007)
  • Dana Elaine "Queen Latifah" Owens (b. 1970), Golden Globe Award winning American rapper, actress, and singer
  • Thaddeus E. Owens Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1988
  • Thomas Owens, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1916
  • Thomas Owens, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1916
  • Thomas Owens, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for U.S. Representative from Illinois 12th District, 1922
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Owens Historic Events



HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Edward Harold Owens (1922-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Burwood, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. George E M Owens (b. 1908), Welsh Lieutenant-Commander serving for the Royal Navy from Ryle, Wales, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Owens, British Corporal, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived as he was evacuated before the sinking

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Martha Owens (1944-1988), American Passenger from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Sarah Rebecca Owens (1974-1988), American Passenger from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Laura Abigail Owens (1980-1988), American Passenger from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
  • Robert Plack Owens (1943-1988), American Passenger from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Owen Owens, English Able-Bodied Seaman from Kirkdale, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Richard Owens, English Engineering Storekeeper from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Cecelia Mildred Owens, Welsh 2nd Class passenger residing in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, USA returning to Swansea, Wales, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping on an swamped collapsible
  • Mr. Patrick Owens, American 3rd Class passenger from St. Louis, Missouri, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Master Reginald Owens, American 2nd Class passenger from Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
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  • A Fair and Happy Land by William A. Owens.
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    Other References

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    2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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    4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    6. Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
    7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    10. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
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    The Owens Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Owens 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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