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The prominent surname Guinnes originated in France, a country which has been a dominant presence in world affairs for centuries.The name Guinnes emerged in the French province of Bourbonnais, which was occupied by the Romans until the Germanic Frankish tribes overran the region in about the 5th century. In the 9th century, Bourbonnais emerged as a duchy and it was ruled by the powerful Lords of Bourbon, who also reigned over Navarre, and Spain, Naples, and became the royal house of France. In the 12th century, the House of Bourbon became even more powerful when, by marrying with the Bourgoignes, it formed the first Capetian House of the Kings of France. In 1272, Robert de France, who was the Count of Clermont and son of Louis IX, acquired the territory of Bourbonnais through his marriage to Béatrice de Bourgoigne-Bourbon. Their son, Louis I, who was named the Great and was Count of Clermont, was the first Duke of Bourbon. In the early 14th century, Bourbonnais came under the control of Charles IV le Bel. After the Hundred Years' War, the region became a vast princely state which grew to include the county of Forez, Beaujolais and the duchy of Auvergne. In 1531, the duchy fell under Crown rule and in 1532, after the loss of all feudal institutions, Bourbonnais received its first governor.

Early Origins of the Guinnes family

The surname Guinnes was first found in Bourbonnais, a historic province in the centre of France, now part of the modern department of Allier and Cher where this eminent family held a family seat from very early times.

The family soon expanded, prospered and branched to Nevers where they were recognized as a noble family in the beginning of the 17th century. Paul Guynet is listed in the cartularies of Montélimar in 1632 when he married Isabeau Pansier. During the 1700's, Louis-François Guynet was a tobacco entrepreneur at Valence and the Commander of Saint-Grégoire-le-Grand. He married Louise-Anne Boveron and the ceremony was famous at Valence because it was held in the Church where the body of Pope Pius VI rested and was performed by Cardinal Spina in recognition of Louise-Anne's father's devoted efforts to save the Pope while he was held prisoner. A distinguished member of the family, Hippolyte Guynet, was an Industrialist of Paris and he was decorated as a Knight of the Legion of Honour during the 1800's.

Early History of the Guinnes family

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Guinnes Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Guynet, Guynait, Guynez, Guynais, Guynest, Guynay, Guynaies, Guyné, Guynée, Guinet, Guinait, Guinez, Guinais, Guinest, Guinay, Guinaies, Guiné, Guynnet, Guynnait, Guynnez, Guynnais, Guynnest, Guynnay, Guynnaies, Guynné, Guynnée, Guinnet, Guinnait, Guinnez, Guinnais, Guinnest, Guinnay, Guinnaies, Guinné, Guinnés and many more.

Early Notables of the Guinnes family

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West Indies Guinnes migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [1]
Guinnes Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • William Guinnés, who settled in Barbados in 1663
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