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The surname Guess 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 Guess is derived from the Old English word "gest," which in turn comes from the Old Norse Word "gestr," which means "guest" or "stranger."

Guess Early Origins



The surname Guess was first found in Worcestershire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

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Guess Spelling Variations


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Guess Spelling Variations



The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. Priests or the scribes determined how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Guess have included Guest, Guests, Jeste and others.

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Guess Early History


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Guess Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Guess research. Another 217 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1248 and 1273 are included under the topic Early Guess History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Guess Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Guess Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was John Guest (1722-1785), a brewer, farmer and coal merchant in Broseley, Shropshire, co-founder of the Plymouth Ironworks in 1763; Sir Josiah John Guest, 1st...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Guess Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Guess In Ireland


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Guess In Ireland



Some of the Guess 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Guess:

Guess Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Guess, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • John Guess, aged 34, landed in New York in 1812
  • Francis Guess, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1812

Guess Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Richard Guess, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1839

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Contemporary Notables of the name Guess (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Guess (post 1700)



  • Francis Guess (1946-2015), American businessman, civil rights advocate and public servant, member of the U. S. Civil Rights Commission (1983-1989)
  • Walter Eugene Guess (1932-1975), American Democrat politician, Member of Alaska State House of Representatives, 1965-72; Speaker of the Alaska State House of Representatives, 1971-72
  • Gretchen Guess, American Democrat politician, Member of Alaska State House of Representatives 16th District, 2001
  • George W. Guess (1829-1868), American politician, Mayor of Dallas, Texas, 1866-68
  • Frank H. Guess, American politician, Circuit Judge in Georgia Stone Mountain Circuit, 1953
  • C. N. Guess, American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives from DeKalb County, 1923-24

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Guess Historic Events


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Guess Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Ms. Katherine Guess, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Johanna  Guess (1852-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Mary H.  Guess, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. William Henry  Guess (1887-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Ralph  Guess, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • ... (Another 2 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Guess


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Suggested Readings for the name Guess



  • Guest-Guess, History and Lineage in America by Alta Louise Biggs Martin.

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Motto


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Motto



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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    2. Thirsk, Joan ed. Et. Al. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    3. Davies, R. R. The Age of Conquest: Wales, 1063-1415. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Print.
    4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. 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, 1968. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    8. Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    11. ...

    The Guess Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Guess 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.

    This page was last modified on 20 January 2016 at 10:23.

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