The Wolwan surname comes from the Anglo-Norman personal name
Walweyn, the Old German forename Waldwin, or the Old English personal name Wealdwine, which means power-friend.
Early Origins of the Wolwan family
The surname Wolwan was first found in Pembrokeshire
(Welsh: Sir Benfro), a county in south-west Wales
, anciently part of the Welsh
kingdom of Deheubarth, where the family claim descent from Gualgnain or Gwalwynne, who was King Arthur's sister's son, as attested by historians William of Malmesbury, and Robert of Gloucester. The name traces its roots to Normandy
where Geoffry Wawein was listed there in 1198. The Domesday Book
lists the name as Walduinus in Staffordshire
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Later in 1205, Welwin was listed in Essex.
Early History of the Wolwan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wolwan research.Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1389, 1336, 1342, 1343, 1379, 1600, 1681 and 1647 are included under the topic Early Wolwan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wolwan Spelling Variations
Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh
surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations
. These spelling variations
began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh
names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic
language of the Welsh
used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Wolwan name over the years has been spelled Walwyn, Wallwyn, Wallin, Walwin and others.
Early Notables of the Wolwan family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Wolwan family to the New World and Oceana
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 Wolwan: James Walwyn settled in Barbados in 1678 with his daughter Anne, and servants; John Wallin settled in New England
in 1764; Mr. Wallin settled in New York in 1841..
The Wolwan Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Drwy rynwedd gward
Motto Translation: In this cause I would bleed.