The Welsh surname Gwynne, also found in England, is derived from the Welsh wordgwyn meaning “light, white, or fair,” and would have originally been used as a nickname for some one fair haired or of fair complexion. This word was widely used as a personal name in the Middle Ages. The first recorded spelling of the name occurs in 1199 when Osketel Wyn is recorded in “ The Pipe Rolls “ of Suffolk. The name is first found in the New World when Robert Gwynne is recorded as arriving in Philadelphia in 1854.Today there are approximately 500 bearers of the name Wynn living in the United States.
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