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Where did the Irish Guin family come from? What is the Irish Guin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Guin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Guin family history?

The Irish name Guin was originally written in a Gaelic form as O Cuinn, which means descendant of Conn.


Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname Guin are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include O'Quinn, Quin, Quinn, Quine, MacQuin, MacQuinn, McQuin, McQuinn, MacCuin, Cuinn, Cuin and many more.

First found in county Longford (Irish: An Longfort) traditionally known as Annaly or Teffia, and situated in the Irish Midlands, in Northwest Leinster where they were Lords of Muintir Gillagain. The O'Quinns and MacQuinns (and all of the spelling variables derived from these) were descended from Conn, who in turn was descended from the Princes of Annaly.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Guin research. Another 278 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1014, 1252, 1279, 1281, 1522, 1551, 1645, and 1726 are included under the topic Early Guin History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Guin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


A massive amount of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century for North America and Australia in hopes of finding more opportunities and an escape from discrimination and oppression. A great portion of these migrants arrived on the eastern shores of the North American continent. Although they were generally poor and destitute, and, therefore, again discriminated against, these Irish people were heartily welcomed for the hard labor involved in the construction of railroads, canals, roadways, and buildings. Many others were put to work in the newly established factories or agricultural projects that were so essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the world. The Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s initiated the largest wave of Iris immigration. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Guin or a variant listed above:

Guin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ann Guin, aged 13, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774
  • Christian Guin, aged 13, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774
  • John Guin, aged 4, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774

Guin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jas Guin, who arrived in America in 1806
  • Arth Guin, who landed in America in 1806
  • Pablo Guin, aged 22, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1836
  • James Guin, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1838


  • Junius Foy Guin Jr. (b. 1924), United States federal judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama (1973)
  • Wyman Woods Guin (1915-1989), American pharmacologist and advertising executive, but best known as an author of science fiction
  • Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (b. 1929), American author of novels, children's books, and short stories


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