The surname of OWEN was a baptismal name 'the son of Owens' an ancient Welsh personal name. Early records of the name mention Ouen (without surname) listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. Owen Ap Gruffydd (died.1169) was the Prince of Gwynedd of North Wales. He fiercely resisted Henry II but ultimately submitted. Other records include Nicholas filius Owen who was documented in 1273 in Wales. Oenus filius Madoc, was also recorded in Wales in the year 1400. This Welsh surname is found in Ireland. They descend from settlers who went over to Ireland in the 17th century. Cornelius Owen and Elizabeth Rowell were married at St. George's Chapel, Mayfair, London in the year 1742. Most of the European surnames in countries such as England, Scotland and France were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name.
A notable member of the name was Wilfred Owen (1893-1918) the English poet, born in Plas Wilmot, near Oswestry, Shropshire, where his father worked on the railway. He was educated at local schools and worked as a pupil teacher while preparing for the University of London. But money was too short for him to take up courses there. In 1913 he left England to teach English in Bordeaux at the Berlitz School of Languages. He enlisted in 1915, and suffered from trench fever and whilst in hospital began to write his poems. However, he was posted back to France where he won the MC, but was killed on the bank of the Oise-Sambre Canal, just a week before Armistice was signed. Only five of his poems were published while he was alive, but his work was collected in 1920, and published. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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