Wynne Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History


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Meaning, Origin, Etymology
The Welsh surname Wynne is of nickname origin, being one of those names that was used to describe a personal or physical characteristic of the original bearer. During the Middle Ages, when the system of surnames first evolved, body peculiarities which were easily identifiable, were an important source of nicknames. In this particular case, the name is derived from the Welsh word “gwynn” which means “white/fair”. The original bearer of this name, therefore, was probably noted for his pale complexion. In the early Middle Ages, it was common practice to identify a man by where he came from, the name of an ancestor or the type of work he did. No hereditary surnames existed as yet and some means of identification had to be found to distinguish between people of the same personal name.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) (co. Carmarthen). Ar. a chev. betw. three eagles displ. sa. on a border sa. eight bezants.
2) (Garthewin, co. Denbigh; descended from Robert Wynne, Esq., an officer in the service of Charles I., second son of John Wynn, Esq., of Melai and Maenan, d. 1082). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, gu. three boars’ heads couped at the neck in pale ar., for Grono Llwyd y Penwyn; 2nd and 3rd, gu. a Saracen’s head couped at the neck ppr. wreathed about the temples ar and sa., for Marchudd ap Conan. Crest—A stag trippant ppr.
3) (Garthmeilo, co. Denbigh; descended from Trahman Goch, of Emlyn, a distinguished Welsh chieftain). Ar. six bees volant, three, two, and one sa.
4) (Dyffryn Aled, co. Denbigh; descended through Rhys ap Edryd, from Marchudd, Lord of Abergelleu. Diana, dau. and heiress of Pyers Wynne, Esq., of Dyffryn Aled, m. Philip Yorke, Esq., of Erddig, co. Denbigh). Gu. a Saracen’s head erased ppr. wreathed about the temples ar. and sa.
5) (Coed Coch, co. Flint; descended from Marchudd). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, gu. a Saracen’s head erased ppr. wreathed about the temples ar. and sa.; 2nd and 3rd, gu. a chev. betw. three Saracens’ heads ppr. Crest—A Saracen’s head, as in the arms.
6) (Voelas, co. Denbigh; descended from Marchweithian, a celebrated chieftain of North Wales in the 11th century; Jane Wynne, the heiress of the Wynnes of Voelas, and the Griffiths of Cefnamwlch, m. in 1778, Hon. Charles Finch, second son of Heneage, third Earl ojf Aylesford). (Brithil, co. Flint). Gu. a lion ramp. ar.
7) (Wynne-Finch). (Voelas, co. Denbigh, and Cefnamwlch, co. Carnarvon; exemplfied to Charles Griffith Wynne, Esq., upon his resuming, by royal licence, the additional surname of Finch). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, ar. a chev. betw. three griffins pass, sa., for Finch; 2nd nnd 3rd, gu. alion ramp. ar., for Wynne, of Voelas. Crests— 1st, Finch: A griffin pass. sa.; 2nd, Wynne: A lion ramp. ar. holding in the dexter paw a rose gu. slipped vert.
8) (Leeswood, co. Flint, bart., extinct temp. George III., created a bart. 9 Aug. 1731). Az. a chev. betw. three dolphins haurient ar. Crest—A dolphin haurient ar.
9) (Nerquis Hall, co. Flint; exemplified to Thomas Hanmer Fletcher, upon his assuming, by royal licence, 1864, the surname of Wynne). Motto—E rye, eryrod eryrhi. Vert three eagles displ. in fess, wings inverted or. Crest—An eagle displ. or.
10) (Pengwern, co. Merioneth; Rev. Lloyd Wynne inherited the estates of his maternal uncle. Rev. Maurice Wynne, LL.D., of Pengwern, co. Merioneth, and of Llwyn, co. Denbigh). Quarterly, 1st, vert three eagles displ. in fess or; 2nd, gu. three lions pass. in pale ar.; 3rd, per bend sinister erm. and ermines a lion ramp. sa.; 4th, erm. a saltire gu. a crescent or. Crest—An eagle displ. as in the arms, motto over, Eryr, eryrod eryr. Motto—Di ofn Di ymffrost.
11) (Glyn, co. Merioneth; descended through Rhys, fifths son of Ievan ap Einion ap Griffith, Esq., of Cors-y-Gedol, co. Merioneth, from Osborn FitzGerald Lord of Ynys-y-Maengwyn. Margaret, heiress of Glynn, granddau. and heiress of Robert Wynne, Esq., of Glynn, m. in 1683, Sir Robert Owen, of Porkington, co. Salop, Knt., refer to Ormsby-Gore, Baron Harlech). Arms, those of Osborn FitzGerald, viz., Erm. a saltire gu.
12) (Peniarth, co. Merioneth; descended from Wynne, of Glynn, same co., which estate was acquired by marriage, in 1513, with the dau. and heiress of Bamvill, of Glynn. Wlliam Wynne, youngest son of Robert Wynne, Esq., of Glynn, who was Sheriff co. Merioneth 1657 and 1669, m. Elizabeth, only child and heiress of Maurice Jones, Esq., of Wern, and was ancestor of the Wynnes of Wern and of Peniarth). Quarterly, 1st and 4th, erm. on a saltire gu. a crescent or, for Wynne; 2nd and 3rd, vert three eagles displ. in fess or, for Owen Gwynedd. Crest—On a chapeau gu. turned up erm. a boar pass. ar. fretty gu.
13) (Ashford, co. Middlesex). Ar. a chev. betw. three fleurs-de-lis sa. Crest—An arm erect in armour ppr. holding in the gauntlet a fleur-de-lis ar.
14) Gu. a chev. betw. three lions ramp. or.
15) (Reg. Ulster’s Office). Vert a chev. erm. betw. three wolves’ heads erased ar. Crest—A wolf sejant ppr.
16) (Haslewood, co. Sligo; descended from Ririd, Lord of Penllyn, co. Merioneth, who took the name of Blaidd, or the Wolf, from his maternal ancestor, Blaid Rhudd, or the Bloody Wolf, Lord of Gest, near Penmorfa. The immediate ancestor of this family, Owen Wynne, Esq., of Lurganboy, co. Leitrim, settled in Ireland temp. James I., and m. Hon. Katherine Hamilton, dau. of Claude, first Lord Strabane, ancestor of the Duke of Abercorn). Motto—Non sibi sed toto. Same Arms. Crest—A wolf’s head erased, as in the arms.

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