While many of Irish names are quite familiar to most, their original Gaelic forms are often forgotten and mysterious. The original Gaelic form of the name Guiness is Mag Aonghusa or Mag Aonghuis, which mean "son of Angus."
Early Origins of the Guiness family
The surname Guiness was first found in County Down
(Irish:An Dún) part of the Province of Ulster
, in Northern Ireland
, formerly known as county St Mirren, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Guiness family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Guiness research.Another 279 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1539, 1543, 1584, 1640, 1703, 1797, 1798, 1868 and 1759 are included under the topic Early Guiness History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Guiness Spelling Variations
In the days before Gaelic or English gained any significant semblance of standardization, the scribes who created documents simply recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research into the Guiness family history revealed numerous spelling variations
of the name, including Genis, Guinness, Magennis, Guinnessy, McGuinness and many more.
Early Notables of the Guiness family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family at this time was Hugo Magennis (d. 1640) who was the Franciscan Bishop of Down and Connor; the second Viscount Iveagh, Brian Magennis who was killed in action in 1703; Richard and Richard the... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Guiness Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Guiness family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Guiness Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Rosy Ann Guiness, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Forth" in 1833
- Catherine Guiness, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Forth" in 1833
- John Guiness, aged 10, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Forth" in 1833