When the ancestors of the Wyon family emigrated to England
following the Norman Conquest
in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Gloucestershire
. The name, however, refers to the district of Guise
in France, where the family was resident prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066. Aspley Guise is a village and civil parish located in central Bedfordshire.
Early Origins of the Wyon family
The surname Wyon was first found in Gloucestershire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor of Elmore in that shire, and were descended from Sir William Gyse who attended Duke William in his Conquest of England
at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. It is believed that Sir William first held the manor of Highnam from Gloucester Abbey but by the later marriage of Anselm Gyse to Magotta de Burgh (Burke,) daughter of the Earl of Kent
, he acquired the Lordship of both Highnam and Elmore in Gloucestershire.
Early History of the Wyon family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wyon research.Another 253 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1632, 1705, 1731, 1629, 1621, 1624, 1644, 1724, 1653, 1683, 1617, 1670, 1654, 1695, 1678, 1732, 1701, 1769 and are included under the topic Early Wyon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Wyon Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations
are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Wyon has been recorded under many different variations, including Gyse, Guise, Guys, Guy, Gysse, Gyss, Gise, Gwyse and many more.
Early Notables of the Wyon family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Guy (died 1629), an English merchant adventurer from Bristol, colonist and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1621 to 1624, the first Proprietary Governor of Newfoundland who led the first attempt to establish a colony... Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wyon Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wyon family to Ireland
Some of the Wyon family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Wyon family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England
, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Wyons were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Wyon Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Robert Wyon, aged 22, who landed in Virginia in 1635 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Wyon (post 1700)
- William Wyon (1795-1851), English seal-engraver
- Thomas Wyon II (1792-1817), English seal-engraver
- Thomas Wyon I (1767-1830), English seal-engraver
- Leonard Charles Wyon (1826-1891), English seal-engraver
- Joseph Shepherd Wyon (1836-1873), English seal-engraver
- Benjamin Wyon (1802-1858), English seal-engraver