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The old, proud name Welsh name Wynn is derived from the Welsh word "gwyn," which means "fair" or "white." It was a nickname for a person with light-colored hair or a pale complexion, or perhaps for someone who habitually wore white or pale-colored clothing.


The surname Wynn was first found in Carnarvonshire (Welsh: Sir Gaernarfon), a former county in Northwest Wales, anciently part of the Kingdom of Gwynedd, and today divided between the unitary authorities of Gwynedd and Conwy, where this distinguished Welsh family claim lineal descent from Brochwel, Prince of Powys, who was Commander of the Welsh forces under Cadvan in the memorable battle near Chester fought with the Saxons under King Ethelred of Northumberland in the year 603.

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 Wynn have included Wynne, Wynn, Wyn, Win, Gwynne, Gwynn, Winne, Winn, Gwinn, Gwinne and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wynn research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1559, 1544, 1553, 1556, 1520, 1580, 1553, 1627, 1602, 1671, 1588, 1649, 1626, 1611, 1622, 1675, 1628, 1719, 1671, 1673, 1674, 1675, 1675, 1676, 1650, 1714, 1695, 1677, 1749, 1742, 1689, 1718, 1713 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Wynn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was John Wynn ap Maredudd (died 1559), Head of the House of Aberffraw, High Sheriff of Caernarvonshire for 1544, 1553 and 1556; Maurice Wynn or Morys Wynn ap John of Gwydir ( c. 1520-1580), Welsh courtier and politician who held the Gwydir estate...

Another 149 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wynn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Some of the Wynn family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Many Welsh joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Wynn:

Wynn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joe Wynn settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Methew Wynn, who arrived in Virginia in 1636
  • Hugh Wynn, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Christopher Wynn, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Garrett Wynn, who arrived in Virginia in 1647
  • ...

Wynn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Luke Wynn, who landed in Virginia in 1701

Wynn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Wynn, aged 30, arrived in Massachusetts in 1812
  • Joseph Wynn, who landed in New York in 1820

Wynn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Henry Wynn, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Simon Wynn, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749

Wynn Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Richard Wynn, aged 27, landed in Canada in 1823

Wynn Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jane Wynn, aged 21, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
  • John Wynn, English convict from Somerset, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on April 16, 1855, settling in Western Australia

Wynn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Wynn arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Armstrong" in 1865

  • Ed Wynn (1886-1966), born Isaiah Edwin Leopold, an Golden Globe, BAFTA Award and American Academy Award nominated comedian and actor noted for his Perfect Fool comedy character, perhaps best remembered for his role as Uncle Albert in Walt Disney's Mary Poppins (1964) and for voicing the Mad Hatter in Walt Disney's film, Alice in Wonderland
  • James Sherman Wynn (b. 1942), nicknamed the "Toy Cannon," American former Major League Baseball player who played from 1963 to 1977
  • Albert Russell Wynn (b. 1951), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland (1993-2008)
  • Steven Lawrence "Steve" Wynn (b. 1960), American songwriter and musician, lead singer of the band Dream Syndicate from 1981 to 1989
  • Stephen Alan "Steve" Wynn (b. 1942), American business magnate, Las Vegas casino resort developer, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Wynn Resorts
  • William "Will" Wynn (1949-2013), American NFL football defensive end
  • Barry Dean Wynn (b. 1945), American Republican politician, South Carolina Republican State Chair, 1991-93; Presidential Elector for South Carolina, 1992
  • Amy Wynn, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Idaho, 2004
  • Albert Russell Wynn (b. 1951), American Democrat politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates, 1983-86; Member of Maryland State Senate, 1987-92; U.S. Representative from Maryland 4th District, 1993-
  • Brenda Reneau Wynn, American Republican politician, Oklahoma Commissioner of Labor; Elected 2002
  • ...

Wynn Historic Events

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Leonard Thomas Wynn, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Arthur Wynn, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Herbert Wynn, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Peter Wynn, English Trimmer from Everton, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Walter Wynn, aged 41, English Quartermaster from Shirley, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 9

  • A Family History of the Wynns (Winn, Wynne) of Virginia, South Carolina, and Georgia by Charles Arthur Wynn.

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    Other References

    1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    3. Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Wynn Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Wynn 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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