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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish
The clans of the ancient Scottish Pictish tribe were the ancestors of the first person to use the name Guinane. It was name for a personal name Conan, which means little hound. The name could also be a local name from the land of Conan in Kincardinshire. In this situation, the name would have been a topographic or local surname, which was given to a family who held a barony or lands, had houses, manors or estates in that area.
The surname Guinane was first found in Kincardineshire (Gaelic: A' Mhaoirne), a former county on the northeast coast of the Grampian region of Scotland, and part of the Aberdeenshire Council Area since 1996, where Adam filius Conani was probably the first recording of the name in 1292. A few years later, Conan of Balquhidder rendered homage to King Edward I of England on his brief conquest of Scotland in 1296.
Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, Guinane has been spelled Conan, Conane, Conad, Connan, Connant, Conant and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Guinane research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1608 and 1694 are included under the topic Early Guinane History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Guinane Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Guinane family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Guinane:
Guinane Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Guinane Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
The Guinane Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Guinane 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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