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Subject: When was Raewyn created?
Author: Cleveland Kent Evans   (Authenticated as clevelandkentevans)
Date: February 14, 2008 at 2:51:07 PM
A posting on another board has gotten me curious about Raewyn. This is a female name which has been regularly used in Australia and New Zealand for many years. It is probably just a created name blending Rae and Wynn.

But just how old is it? Doing about half an hour of Googling on geneology sites and the like, the oldest Raewyn I was able to come up with was born in 1927. Do any posters on this board from Australia or New Zealand know of any Raewyns who would have been born before that date? And does anyone know if there is a literary origin? Was there a particular character in a novel or play named Raewyn that could account for the use of the name? Or is it an example of a name that somehow caught on without there being such a specific cultural reference?

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