The Welsh surname Wynn, also found in England, is derived from the Welsh word gwyn 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 on January 30th 1624 when Griffin Wynn is recorded as a member of The Governors Guard in Pasbehaighs, Virginia. Today there are approximately 28,000 bearers of the name Wynn living in the United States.
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