Agree with the above - in that the name isn't Maori. The oldest reference I have found is from the 20's - where Raewyn had a Welsh father and Maori mother. (I thought originally she had come from Wales, but was wrong).
When did Raewyn become (was it ever) used for females in Wales? If it was before the 20th century - it may have been a direct migration of name - if not - agree that it's likely an adaptation.
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