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Where did the Welsh Guest family come from? What is the Welsh Guest family crest and coat of arms? When did the Guest family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Guest family history?The surname Guest was originally formed in the western region of Britain in the country of Wales. This name began as a nickname for a guest or stranger. The surname Guest is derived from the Old English word "gest," which in turn comes from the Old Norse Word "gestr," which means "guest" or "stranger."
Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. Recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Guest name over the years has been spelled Guest, Guests, Jeste and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Guest research. Another 217 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1248 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Guest History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 113 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Guest Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Guest family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 71 words(5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The Welsh began to emigrate to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s in search of land, work, and freedom. Those that arrived helped shape the industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. The records regarding immigration and passenger show a number of people bearing the name Guest:
Guest Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Guest Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Ferro non gladio
Motto Translation: By iron, not by the sword.
The Guest Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Guest 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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