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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.
First found in County Fermanagh (Irish: Fear Manach) in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland, Province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
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 United States in the 18th Century
- Bryan McGuire, who landed in Virginia in 1717
- Constantine McGuire, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745
- Thos McGuire, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745
- Annie McGuire, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
- Dennis McGuire, who settled in New England in 1772
McGuire Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Charles McGuire, who landed in America in 1803
- Francis McGuire, aged 28, landed in Maryland in 1813
- Catherine McGuire, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817
- Ellen McGuire, aged 15, arrived in America in 1822
- Bernard McGuire, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824
McGuire Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Michael McGuire, who arrived in Alabama in 1913
McGuire Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Patrick McGuire U.E. who settled in Gullivers Cove, Digby County, Nova Scotia c. 1784
McGuire Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Peter McGuire, aged 36, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast
- Owen McGuire, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast
- Mary McGuire, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast
- James McGuire, aged 19, a weaver, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833
- John McGuire, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Eweretta" in 1833
McGuire Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William McGuire, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- James McGuire arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cromwell" in 1849
- Margaret McGuire arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Rajah"
- Catherine McGuire, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle"
- Mary McGuire, aged 26, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle"
McGuire Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Eliza McGuire arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gipsy" in 1854
- Peter McGuire, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
- Jane McGuire arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1873
- Mary McGuire arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1873
- Catherine McGuire arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1873
- Phyllis McGuire (b. 1931), American singer, member of the singing trio The McGuire Sisters
- Christine McGuire (b. 1926), American singer, member of the singing trio The McGuire Sisters
- Dorothy McGuire (1928-2012), American singer, member of the singing trio The McGuire Sisters
- Richard Joseph "Dick" McGuire (b. 1926), American former pro basketball player and coach
- Barry McGuire (b. 1935), American singer-songwriter
- Molly McGuire, American singer-songwriter
- Dominic McGuire (b. 1985), American basketball player
- Major Thomas Buchanan McGuire Jr. (1920-1945), second highest American ace during World War II, eponym of McGuire Air Force Base
- Mr. William A Mcguire, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
- Major Thomas B McGuire Jr., American soldier who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
- 49er Irish: One Irish Family in the California Mines by F.D. Calhoon.
- The Ancestry of William Gilman Maguire of Sanford, Maine by William Maguire.
- MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
- Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
- Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
- Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
- Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
- Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
- Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
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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