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Type Surname (from location & from given name)
Usage Welsh, English
Other Forms FormsWinn, Gwynn

Meaning & History

The surname Wynn ,(also spelled Winn, and Gwynn), is derived from the Welsh element, Gwynn, which can loosely be translated as "white" or "fair". It features in the name of the North Welsh kingdom of Gwynedd, (meaning "white head" or "white land"). After the 1282 conquest of Wales, the members of the royal house of Aberffraw adopted the surname to denote that they were of that house.

English: from the Old English personal name and byname Wine meaning ‘friend’, in part a short form of various compound names with this first element.
Added 1/24/2009 by ruarccinaed
Edited 10/9/2016 by LMS