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The AYLWIN family
A collection of snippets regarding this family
in association with the Rother Valley, West Sussex

View shown, The Downs from Bugshill Lane, near Didling.
An everyday sight to the many past Aylwins of this area.
photo - Phil Dixon, Feb 2009

For Vi Gillam, Australia

The name Aylwin
Although many surnames claim old English status, the name Aylwin is in its origins, genuinely traditional Old English and became a Saxon surname. Pre-dating written English history the name Aylwin is thought to have survived from the time of the Ancient Britons, well before the invasion of the first Romans.
Very few people had surnames prior to c.1250 and the oldest derivative of Aylwin is Aelfwine, one of the earliest of all baptismal names which although translated generally as "Noble friend", there are other older translations showing the name as also meaning "elf or magical being, magical friend", 'Elvin' being one of the modern surnames derived from it. Other surname derivatives were Aylwin, Alwen, Ailwyn, Alywen, Aylin, Allwyn, Alvin, Alven, Elwyn, and many many others.
In 1066, with the arrival of the Normans many people chose to adopt Norman names. In the wilder, remoter, regions of England the name clung on, probably to show that people still regarded themselves as Saxons. The Domeday Book of 1086 shows it as a given name only, with examples as Aelfwine & Alwin
During the reign of King Richard I, Hugo Elfwin is shown in the Hereford 'Pipe Rolls' for 1193, this being the first known recorded spelling of this family name. Today the name is occasionally used as a christian name, most usually in the USA. There is also a tendancy for information on the names Aylwin and Ayling to be mistakenly intermingled. There are references though of Aylwins and Aylings marrying.

Aylwin headstones at Didling
Baptisms, Rother Valley, 1552 - 1875
Baptisms, Chichester, 1633 - 1688
Baptisms, Brighton, 1853 - 1874
Baptisms, St Marys, Yapton, 1672 - 1682
Census 1851 - 1881 Treyford & Didling
Easebourne Workhouse
Marriages, Rother Valley, 1675 - 1877
Aylwin War Casualities WW1 WW2
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The main 'driving force' for this Aylwin index is Vi Gillam who since 1962 has lived in Queensland, Australia.
part of her original email - Sep 2008
"I have very recently started investigating my family history and in the process have discovered that my great great Grandparents, Edwin and Mary Aylwin are shown on the 1841 census as Governor and Matron of Midhurst Union Workhouse, and on the 1851 census as Governor and Matron of Easebourne Workhouse.
My mother was Agnes Aylwin born 1896 and I am a direct descendant of Edwin & Mary. A friend directed me to the Gravelroots website and what a fascinating experience that has been! At 72 years young it sometimes takes me a while to negotiate websites, but I must say that Gravelroots proved to be very user-friendly! Many thanks to those who have obviously put in so much time and effort to provide so much interesting information. And the photography is so lovely."
Vi Gillam

Since 2008 Vi has discovered many connections to the Aylwins of the Didling, Treyford and Bepton area.


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