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Where did the Irish McGuire family come from? What is the Irish McGuire family crest and coat of arms? When did the McGuire family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McGuire family history?Many variations of the name McGuire have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as Mag Uidhir, which is derived from the word "odhar," meaning "dun-colored;" in the genitive case, the word is "uidhir."
Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name McGuire revealed many variations, including Maguire, MacGuire, Guire, Guirey, Guiry and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGuire research. Another 131 words(9 lines of text) covering the years 1707, 1683 and 1707 are included under the topic Early McGuire History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 65 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGuire Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the McGuire family relocated to North American shores quite early:
McGuire Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
McGuire Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
McGuire Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The McGuire Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGuire Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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