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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."

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

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 Guest Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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 United States in the 17th Century

  • Elizabeth Guest, who arrived in Maryland in 1637
  • Walter Guest, who arrived in Maryland in 1640
  • Geo Guest, who arrived in Virginia in 1647
  • George Guest purchased landed in Virginia in 1647
  • Anthony Guest made the voyage to Virgnia in 1663
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Guest Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas R Guest, aged 21, landed in New York in 1812
  • John Guest, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Joseph Guest, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874

Guest Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Guest, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Thomas Guest, aged 38, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion"
  • Thomas Guest, aged 27, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion"
  • Eliza Guest, aged 12, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks"
  • Elizabeth Guest, aged 9, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks"
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Guest Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Guest, aged 25, a shoemaker, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875
  • Emma Guest, aged 22, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875
  • William Guest, aged 42, a gas stoker, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
  • Hannah Guest, aged 42, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
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  • William Franklin Guest (1941-2015), American R&B/soul singer, best known for his work with Gladys Knight & the Pips; he was Gladys Knight's cousin
  • James A. Guest, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Vermont, 1982
  • George Guest (b. 1866), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1904, 1912 (alternate)
  • Elizabeth Polk Guest (1910-1990), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1944, 1948
  • Cassie L. Guest, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 4th District, 1950, 1952
  • Calvin Guest, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1980
  • Anna Lee Guest, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1932
  • Michael E. Guest (b. 1957), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Romania, 2001-04
  • Orten Guest, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 18th District, 1960
  • Raymond R. Guest (1939-2001), American Republican politician, Banker; Member of Virginia State House of Delegates, 1973-99
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Guest Historic Events



HMS Hood

  • Mr. Alan Guest (b. 1923), English Band Boy serving for the Royal Marine from Bilston, Staffordshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Robert Guest (d. 1912), aged 32, English Third Class passenger from London who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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  • Guest-Guess, History and Lineage in America by Alta Louise Biggs Martin.
  • Our Guest Is Your Guess: With Related Families of Biss, Jones, Gimbel, and Gist: Including Over One Thousand Surnames by Patricia Ann Guest.
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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



    Other References

    1. 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.
    2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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    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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