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

Owings Early Origins



The surname Owings 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.

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Owings Spelling Variations


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Owings Spelling Variations



The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine 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 Owings have included Owen, Owens, MacOwen, Owenson, Owenby, Ownby and others.

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Owings Early History


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Owings Early History



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

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Owings Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Owings Early Notables (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 Owings Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Owings In Ireland


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Owings In Ireland



Some of the Owings 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 Owings:

Owings Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Owings, who came to Maryland in 1659

Owings Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Margaret Owings, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1776
  • William Owings, who came to Mississippi in 1787

Owings Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mr. M. R. D. Owings, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • Russell Owings, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Harry P. Owings, aged 55, who landed in America, in 1913
  • Hattie E. Owings, aged 50, who emigrated to America, in 1913
  • James S. Owings, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1918
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Owings (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Owings (post 1700)



  • Micah Burton Owings (b. 1982), American Major League Baseball player from Georgia
  • Richard Erik Owings (b. 1979), American professional mixed martial arts fighter
  • Irvin Owings, American politician, Mayor of Hyattsville, Maryland, 1925-27
  • Henry Owings, American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Calvert County, 1870
  • Harry P. Owings, American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Calvert County, 1888
  • George W. III Owings, American Democrat politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates District 29-A, 1988-90
  • George W. Owings Jr., American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Calvert County, 1939-41
  • Mrs. Albin Owings, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1928
  • Albin Owings Jr., American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Baltimore city 6th District, 1927-37
  • J. C. Owings, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1916
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
    2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    3. Thirsk, Joan ed. Et. Al. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Owings Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Owings 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.

    This page was last modified on 6 December 2016 at 10:45.

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