Wynne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The old, proud name Welsh name Wynne 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.

Early Origins of the Wynne family

The surname Wynne 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.

Wini (d. 675?), was Bishop of London, an Englishman and probably a West-Saxon by birth. [1]

"The parish of St. Wenn [in Cornwall] seems to have derived its name from one of the large sainted family that came from Wales into Cornwall and Devon, and from whom so many parishes in each county have obtained their respective denominations. There in the deanery of Pyder, one valor points out Ecclesia Sanctae Wennae, as the other gives us Wen alias Wenman, that is Wenn's place; mann still signifying place in Welsh, once signifying it therefore in Cornish, and this church at Wenn's place being actually dedicated to St. Wenne." [2]

Early History of the Wynne family

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Wynne 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 Wynne name over the years has been spelled Wynne, Wynn, Wyn, Win, Gwynne, Gwynn, Winne, Winn, Gwinn, Gwinne and many more.

Early Notables of the Wynne family (pre 1700)

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; Sir John Wynn, 1st Baronet (1553-1627), a Welsh baronet; Henry Wynn (c. 1602-1671), a Welsh politician; Sir Richard Wynn, 2nd Baronet (1588-1649), was an English courtier and politician; Sir John Wynn (d. 1626), 1st Baronet Wynn of Gwydir in 1611, and after this line became extinct; Robert Wynne (1622-1675)...
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Ireland Migration of the Wynne family to Ireland

Some of the Wynne family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Wynne migration to the United States +

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 Wynne:

Wynne Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Wynne and his wife Catherine settled in Plymouth in 1620
  • Robert Wynne (1622-1675), born in Canterbury, England who settled in Charles City County, Virginia in 1656 becoming a landowner and politican, and later 14th Speaker of the Virginia House of Burgesses (1662-1674)
  • Thomas Wynne, who landed in Maryland in 1662 [3]
  • Tibatha Wynne, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1682 [3]
  • Thomas and Rebecca Wynne, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Wynne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Patrick Wynne, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [3]
  • Michael Wynne, aged 60, who landed in New York, NY in 1848 [3]
  • Bridget Wynne, aged 30, who arrived in New York, NY in 1848 [3]
  • John Wynne, who arrived in America in 1854 [3]
  • James E Wynne, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1869 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Wynne migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Wynne Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Edward Wynne, who landed at Ferryland, Newfoundland with 12 men in August 1621 to establish the Ferryland colony where he was Proprietary Governor from 1621 to 1626
Wynne Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Cornelius Wynne, aged 29 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Agnes" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in June 1847 [4]
  • Mr. Denis Wynne, aged 22 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Bridgetown" departing 3rd July 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 29th August 1847 but he died on board [5]
  • Miss. Elizabeth A. Wynne, aged 2 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Agnes and Ann" departing 15th May 1847 from Newry, Ireland; the ship arrived on 2nd July 1847 but she died on board [5]
  • Mr. J. Wynne, aged 2 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Araminta" departing 1st May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 20th June 1847 but he died on board [5]
  • Miss. Margaret Wynne, aged 1 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Erin's Queen" departing 1st June 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 23rd July 1847 but she died on board [5]

Australia Wynne migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Wynne Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Catherine Wynne, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. John Wynne who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 4th August 1836, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Mary Wynne, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Inconstant" in 1849 [8]
  • Mr. Benjamin Wynne, (Wynn), (b. 1814), aged 34, English convict who was convicted in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England for 7 years for larceny, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 1st January 1850, arriving in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia, he died in 1868 [9]
  • Eliza Wynne, aged 22, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"

New Zealand Wynne migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Wynne Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Wynne, aged 14, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • William Wynne, aged 13, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Mr. John Wynne, (b. 1828), aged 14, British farm servant, son of Mrs. Roberts previously Wynne travelling from London aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" arriving in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand on 28th October 1842 [10]
  • Mr. William Wynne, (b. 1829), aged 13, British settler, son or Mrs. Roberts previously Wynne travelling from London aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" arriving in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand on 28th October 1842 [10]
  • Jane Wynne, aged 28, a housemaid, who arrived in Malborough aboard the ship "Gainsborough" in 1878

Contemporary Notables of the name Wynne (post 1700) +

  • Angus G. Wynne (b. 1914), American businessman, founder of Wynnewood Shopping Center and Six Flags theme parks
  • Marvell Wynne (b. 1959), American Major League Baseball who played from 1983 to 1990
  • Michael W. Wynne (b. 1944), American business executive, the 21st United States Secretary of the Air Force
  • Lyman C. Wynne (1923-2007), American psychiatrist and psychologist, specialist in schizophrenia
  • Angus G Wynne III (b. 1943), son of Angus Wynee, actor and owner of Wynne Entertainment in Dallas
  • Arthur Wynne (1862-1945), British-born American editor, inventor of the crossword puzzle in 1913
  • Robert Wynne (1851-1922), American government administrator, Postmaster General (1904-1905)
  • John Wynne, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1920 [11]
  • J. S. Wynne (d. 1934), American politician, Mayor of Raleigh, North Carolina, 1909-11 [11]
  • Dick Wynne, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1952 [11]
  • ... (Another 20 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Thomas Wynne, British Scullion from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [12]
RMS Lusitania
  • Master George Wynne, English Assistant Cook from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 14 [13]
  • Mr. Joseph Dominic Wynne, English Scullery man from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [13]


  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 60)
  5. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 99)
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Amphitrite voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1833 with 99 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/amphitrite/1833
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INCONSTANT the Voyage - 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Inconstant.htm
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 11th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/australasia
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  13. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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