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GUINN Family HistoryRecorded in several spellings as shown below, this is a surname of Olde English and Welsh pre 7th century origins. Deriving from the word 'gwn' meaning light or fair, it was used as a name of endearment for a child with fair hair or a noticeably pale complexion. The name was also used as a byname or distinguishing epithet, to identify two bearers of the same name, such as John Wyn ap Hugh Gwyn or John, the fair, son of Hugh the fair. As Gueinn, Guinne or Gwynne the origin is apparently English, as Welsh writing is phonetic and the letter "e" would produce a misleading pronunciation.
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