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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.


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.

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.


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


Some of the Wynne 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 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
  • Tibatha Wynne, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1682
  • Thomas and Rebecca Wynne settled in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • ...

Wynne Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Wynne, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Michael Wynne, aged 60, landed in New York, NY in 1848
  • Bridget Wynne, aged 30, arrived in New York, NY in 1848
  • John Wynne, who arrived in America in 1854
  • James E Wynne, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1869
  • ...

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 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
  • Mary Wynne arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Inconstant" in 1849
  • Eliza Wynne, aged 22, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"

Wynne Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Wynne, aged 14, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • William Wynne, aged 13, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Jane Wynne, aged 28, a housemaid, arrived in Malborough aboard the ship "Gainsborough" in 1878

  • 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
  • Angus G. Wynne (b. 1914), American businessman, founder of Wynnewood Shopping Center and Six Flags theme parks
  • J. S. Wynne (d. 1934), American politician, Mayor of Raleigh, North Carolina, 1909-11
  • Dick Wynne, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1952
  • Chester Allen Wynne, American politician, Member of Nebraska State House of Representatives, 1929
  • Charles Wynne, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Westchester County 1st District, 1956
  • John Wynne, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for New York, 1920
  • ...

Wynne Historic Events

Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Thomas Wynne, British Scullion from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

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
  • Mr. Joseph Dominic Wynne, English Scullery man from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

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    Other References

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    2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
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    5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. 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. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    9. 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.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The Wynne Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Wynne 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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