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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."

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The surname McGuire was 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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McGuire Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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
  • Thomas 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
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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
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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

  • James McGuire, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Patrick McGuire U.E. who settled in Gullivers Cove, Digby County, Nova Scotia c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

McGuire Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Hugh McGuire, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Peter McGuire, aged 36, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Owen McGuire, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Mary McGuire, aged 24, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • James McGuire, aged 19, a weaver, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833
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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"
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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
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  • 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
  • Major Thomas B McGuire Jr., American soldier who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944
  • Victor McGuire, English actor
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McGuire Historic Events



HMS Hood

  • Mr. Arthur T McGuire (b. 1909), English Chief Engine Room Artificer serving for the Royal Navy from Netley, Southampton, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. William A Mcguire, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
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  • 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.
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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  2. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  8. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  9. 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.
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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