Guinn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Guinn family

The surname Guinn was 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.

Early History of the Guinn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Guinn research. Another 144 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1014, 1281, 1252, 1279, 1522, 1551, 1645, 1726, 1575, 1634, 1595, 1693, 1766 and 1676 are included under the topic Early Guinn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Guinn Spelling Variations

Many spelling variations of the surname Guinn can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include O'Quinn, Quin, Quinn, Quine, MacQuin, MacQuinn, McQuin, McQuinn, MacCuin, Cuinn, Cuin and many more.

Early Notables of the Guinn family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Thomas O'Quinn, Bishop of Clonmacnois (1252-1279), as well as John Quinn, Bishop of Limerick (1522-1551), as well as Thady Quin (1645-1726) of Adare of the Thomond O'Quins, who was the grandfather of the first Earl of Dunraven. Walter Quin (c. 1575-1634), was an Irish poet and preceptor of Charles I. Born in Dublin, he travelled abroad and became a cultivated writer in English, French, Italian, and...
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Guinn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Guinn migration to the United States +

A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the Guinn name:

Guinn Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jan Guinn, who arrived in New York in 1657 [1]
  • Louis Guinn, who arrived in New York in 1696 [1]
Guinn Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward Guinn, aged 30, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Catharine Guinn, aged 6, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Dennis Guinn, aged 30, who arrived in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Ellen Guinn, aged 27, who landed in New York in 1854 [1]
  • Hugh Guinn, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1854 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Guinn (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Guinn (1836-1908), American Union Army soldier during the American Civil War, recipient of the Medal of Honor for gallantry during the Siege of Vicksburg on May 22, 1863
  • Nora Guinn (1920-2005), American jurist, inducted into to the Alaska Women's Hall of Fame in 2009, the first woman and first Alaska Native to be a District Court Judge in Alaska
  • John Eddie "Johnny" Guinn Sr. (b. 1952), American businessman and politician, Member of the Louisiana House of Representatives District 37 (2008-)
  • Drannon Eugene "Skip" Guinn (b. 1944), former American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1968 to 1971
  • Kenneth Carroll "Kenny" Guinn (1936-2010), American businessman, educator and politician, 27th Governor of Nevada (1999-2007)
  • Ernest Allen Guinn (1905-1974), United States federal judge
  • Robert Henry Guinn (1822-1887), Texas politician
  • Dominick Alexander Guinn (b. 1975), American professional boxer
  • Dema Guinn, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nevada, 2004 [2]
  • Claire V. Guinn, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1900 [2]
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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