Guay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Guay family

The surname Guay was first found in Savoy (French: Savoie) in the Rhône-Alpes region of the French Alps, where this eminent family held a family seat since ancient times.

Early History of the Guay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Guay research. Another 196 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1281, 1298, 1401, 1542, 1776, and 1895 are included under the topic Early Guay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Guay Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Guay, Guait, Guai, Guet, Gay, Guaye, de Guay, de Gay, de Guaye, Castonguay and many more.

Early Notables of the Guay family (pre 1700)

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United States Guay migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Guay Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jean Guay, aged 18, who arrived in Louisiana in 1719 [1]
  • François Guay who settled in Louisiana in 1756
Guay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • B. S. Guay who settled in San Francisco in 1850

Canada Guay migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Guay Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Jean Guay, son of Jean and Marie, who married Jeanne Mignon, daughter of François and Marie, in Quebec on 10th November 1652 [2]
  • Jean Guay, son of Jean and Marthe, who married Etienette Heurtebise, daughter of Marin and Etienette, in Montreal, Quebec on 9th December 1675 [2]
  • Ignace Guay, son of Jean and Jeanne, who married Marguerite Rocheron, daughter of Simon and Mathurine, in Quebec on 1st December 1683 [2]
  • Louis Guay, son of Jean and Jeanne, who married Marie-Anne Bégin, daughter of Louis and Jeanne, in Quebec on 7th May 1685 [2]
  • François Guay, son of Gaston and Jeanne, who married Anne-Madeleine L'Archevêque, daughter of Jean and Marie-Anne, in Quebec on 10th November 1687 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Guay Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Jacques Guay, son of Pierre and Catherine, who married Marguerite Boutin, daughter of Jean and Suzanne, in Quebec on 25th November 1704 [2]
  • Thomas Guay, son of Thomas and Marie-Anne, who married Marie-Anne Maheu, daughter of Jean-Paul and Marguerite, in Beaumont, Quebec on 10th February 1705 [2]
  • Noel Guay, son of Mathieu and Marie-Josephte, who married Madeleine Poulin, daughter of Jean and Louise, in Baie-Saint-Paul, Quebec on 9th June 1711 [2]
  • Jean Guay, son of Jean and Etienette, who married Madeleine Landron, daughter of Etienne and Élisabeth, in Quebec on 18th October 1717 [2]
  • Jean Guay, son of Jean and Marthe, who married Françoise Cuillerier, daughter of René and Marie, in Montreal, Quebec on 3rd January 1718 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Guay (post 1700) +

  • Paul Francois Guay (b. 1963), retired American professional NHL ice hockey player from Providence, Rhode Island
  • Rebecca Guay, American artist specializing in watercolor painting and illustration
  • Lucie Guay (1958-1984), Canadian bronze medalist sprint kayaker at the 1984 Summer Olympics
  • Annie Guay (b. 1985), Canadian six-time gold medalist ice hockey player, member of the Canadian national women's hockey team
  • Richard Guay (b. 1943), Canadian journalist, lawyer and former politician in Quebec
  • Joseph-Philippe Guay, Canadian parliamentarian
  • Erik Guay (b. 1981), Canadian alpine skier, winner of the World Cup season title in Super G in the 2010 season


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Internoscia, Arthur E., and Claire Chevrier. Dictionnaire National des Canadiens Français 1608-1760. Vol. 1, Institut Drouin, 1958.


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