This interesting surname is of Welsh origin, and was used as a nickname for a person with fair hair or a noticeably pale complexion. The name is derived from the Welsh "gwyn", light, white, fair. The name was also used as a personal name in the Middle Ages. However, in most of the earlier recordings of the name, it was used as a byname, a distinguishing epithet, or to identify two bearers of the same name, such as John Wyn ap (son of) Hugh Gwyn. Gwynne must have come from an English pattern, as Welsh writing is phonetic and the "-e" would, therefore, produce a misleading pronunciation. The modern surname can usually be found as Gwyn, Gwynn and Gwynne in South Wales and as Wyn(n), Wynne and Winn in North Wales. Among the sample recordings in Wales is the christening of John, son of Marmaduke Gwynne and Mary Gwillym, on May 3rd 1669 at Typn, in Brecon. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Thomas Gwynne, which was dated 1481 - 1482, in the "Feet of Fines for Surrey", during the reign of King Henry V1, known as "The Founder of Eton", 1422 - 1485. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Gwyn — (or Gwynn) meaning white in Welsh, may refer to the following:People As given name *Gwyn ap Nudd, a mythical ruler of Annwn. *Gwyn Prosser, a British politician. *Gwyn Nicholls, a Welsh rugby union player. *Cynthia Gwyn Brown, an American model… …   Wikipedia

  • Gwyn — ist ein walisischer männlicher Vorname, abgeleitet von walis. gwyn mit der Bedeutung „weiß, blond, gesegnet“,[1] der auch als Familienname auftritt. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Namensträger 1.1 Vorname 1.2 Familienname …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Gwyn — m. Welsh: originally a byname from Welsh gwyn white, fair, blessed, holy. See also WYN (SEE Wyn) …   First names dictionary

  • gwyn — gwyn·i·ad; gwyn·i·ard; …   English syllables

  • Gwyn — or Gwynne [gwin] Nell (born Eleanor Gwyn) 1650 87; Eng. actress: mistress of Charles II …   English World dictionary

  • Gwyn — Gwyn, Nell (?1650 87) an English actress who became the lover of King Charles II. She sold oranges on the streets of London, and is often shown in pictures carrying a basket of oranges …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Gwyn — or Gwynn or Gwynne biographical name Eleanor 1650 1687 Nell English actress mistress of Charles II …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Gwyn — /gwin/ n. Eleanor ( Nell ), 1650 87, English actress: mistress of Charles II. Also, Gwynne. * * * …   Universalium

  • Gwyn — or Gwynne [[t]gwɪn[/t]] n. big Eleanor (“Nell”), 1650–87, English actress: mistress of Charles II …   From formal English to slang

  • Gwyn — /gwɪn/ (say gwin) noun Nell (Eleanor Gwynne), 1650–87, English comic actress, mistress of Charles II …   Australian English dictionary

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