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.

Early Origins of the Guest family

The surname Guest was first found in County Worcestershire where Richard Thomas Guest held lands and manors in the county of Worcestershire in 1275, as listed in the Subsidy Rolls for that county. Perhaps the earliest record of the name is of Beowoldus Gest, who lived in 1100 as listed in the book "Old English Bynames."

Important Dates for 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 1273, 1275, 1327, 1377, 1706, and 1759 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)

More information is included under the topic Early Guest Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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 [1]
  • Walter Guest, who arrived in Maryland in 1640 [1]
  • Geo Guest, who arrived in Virginia in 1647 [1]
  • 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 [1]
  • John Guest, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [1]
  • Joseph Guest, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874 [1]

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
  • Joseph Guest, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Thomas Guest, aged 38, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion" [3]
  • Thomas Guest, aged 27, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Marion" [3]
  • Eliza Guest, aged 12, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks" [4]
  • Elizabeth Guest, aged 9, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "John Banks" [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [5]
  • 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 [5]
  • 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 [6]
  • George Guest (b. 1866), American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1904, 1912 (alternate) [6]
  • Elizabeth Polk Guest (1910-1990), American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1944, 1948 [6]
  • Cassie L. Guest, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 4th District, 1950, 1952 [6]
  • Calvin Guest, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1980 [6]
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Guest family

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 [7]
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 [8]

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Citations

  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. ^ 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
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARION 1851 - HER HISTORY. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Marion.htm
  4. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 30th May 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) John Banks 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/johnbanks1855.shtml
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ 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
  8. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
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