Guest History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Guest is derived from the Old English word "giest," which in turn comes from the Old Norse Word "gestr," both of which mean "guest" or "stranger." This name was most likely originally a nickname for a guest or stranger, which then became a hereditary surname. [1]

Early Origins of the Guest family

The surname Guest was first found in Worcestershire where Richard Thomas Guest held lands and manors in 1275, as listed in the Subsidy Rolls for that county. [2]

Perhaps the earliest record of the name is of Beowoldus Gest, who lived c.1100 as listed in the book "Old English Bynames." Richard, Thomas le Gest were listed c.1248 and in the Subsidy Rolls for Worcestershire in 1275. [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Roger Gest in Wiltshire and Gilbert de Geyste in Norfolk. The Feet of Fines listed Adam le Gest 11, Edward I (during the eleventh year of King Edward I's reign.) [3]

Roger le Gist was listed in Somerset, 1 Edward III [4] and later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Rogerus Gest and Robertus Gest.

Early History of the Guest family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Guest research. Another 97 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1377, 1273, 1275, 1518, 1577, 1517, 1536, 1660, 1747, 1640, 1729, 1706, 1759, 1743 and 1792 are included under the topic Early Guest History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Guest Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gest, Gist, Guest and others.

Early Notables of the Guest family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Edmuind Guest, Gheast or Geste (1518-1577), Bishop of Salisbury, "born in 1517-18 at Northallerton, Yorkshire. His father, Thomas, belonged to a Worcestershire family, the Gestes of Row Heath in the parish of King's Norton. Edmund was educated at the York grammar school and afterwards at Eton, whence in 1536 he was elected a scholar of King's College, Cambridge. " [5] George Guest (1660-1747), lieutenant-general, was a Yorkshireman of obscure origin. Local antiquaries have discovered no trace of his father. His mother was Mary Guest, afterwards Smith, who was baptised at Halifax, Yorkshire, in April 1640, her...
Another 133 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Guest Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Guest migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Guest Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth Guest, who arrived in Maryland in 1637 [6]
  • Walter Guest, who arrived in Maryland in 1640 [6]
  • Geo Guest, who arrived in Virginia in 1647 [6]
  • George Guest, who purchased landed in Virginia in 1647
  • Anthony Guest made the voyage to Virgnia in 1663
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Guest Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas R Guest, aged 21, who landed in New York in 1812 [6]
  • John Guest, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [6]
  • Joseph Guest, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874 [6]

Australia Guest migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Guest Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edward Guest, British convict who was convicted in Lancashire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in February 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Mr. Samuel Guest, English convict who was convicted in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 13th March 1828, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [8]
  • Joseph Guest, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Thomas Guest, aged 38, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion" [10]
  • Thomas Guest, aged 27, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion" [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Guest migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Guest Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Lucy Guest, (b. 1830), aged 28, British domestic servant travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Indiana" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 28th November 1858 [11]
  • Miss Guest, American settler travelling from Honolulu aboard the ship "Nevada" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 30th June 1871 [11]
  • John Guest, aged 25, a shoemaker, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875
  • Emma Guest, aged 22, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ocean Mail" in 1875
  • William Guest, aged 42, a gas stoker, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Guest (post 1700) +

  • 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
  • Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959), American (English born) prolific poet
  • Judith Guest (b. 1936), American author, best known for her book, "Ordinary People"
  • Jim Guest (b. 1940), American aerospace engineer and politician; state representative
  • Barbara Guest (1920-2006), American poet and critic
  • James A. Guest, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Vermont, 1982 [12]
  • George Guest (b. 1866), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1904, 1912 (alternate) [12]
  • Elizabeth Polk Guest (1910-1990), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1944, 1948 [12]
  • Cassie L. Guest, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 4th District, 1950, 1952 [12]
  • Calvin Guest, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1980 [12]
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Alan Guest (b. 1923), English Band Boy serving for the Royal Marine from Bilston, Staffordshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [13]
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 [14]


Suggested Readings for the name Guest +

  • 3422 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.

  1. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  6. ^ 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)
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/calcutta
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  9. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARION 1851 - HER HISTORY. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Marion.htm
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  13. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  14. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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