Guinen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Guinen was a 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.

Early Origins of the Guinen family

The surname Guinen 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.

Important Dates for the Guinen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Guinen research. Another 70 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1608, 1694 and 1608 are included under the topic Early Guinen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Guinen Spelling Variations

During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name Guinen include Conan, Conane, Conad, Connan, Connant, Conant and others.

Early Notables of the Guinen family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was Sir Arthur Conant; and Rev. John Conant D.D. (1608-1694), an English clergyman, theologian, and Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University. He was the "son of Robert and Elizabeth...
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Guinen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Guinen family to Ireland

Some of the Guinen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Guinen migration to the United States

Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Guinen:

Guinen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Jvan Guinen, aged 62, who immigrated to America, in 1906
  • Peter Guinen, aged 22, who landed in America from Arigna, Ireland, in 1924
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