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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 Guinness is Mag Aonghusa or Mag Aonghuis, which mean "son of Angus."

Guinness Early Origins



The surname Guinness was first found in County Down (Irish:An Dn) part of the Province of Ulster, in Northern Ireland, formerly known as county St Mirren, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Guinness Spelling Variations


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Guinness Spelling Variations



The scribes and church officials of the Middle Ages who recorded names in official documents spelled the names as they sounded. This led to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations and thus resembling more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Guinness that are preserved in archival documents of this era include Genis, Guinness, Magennis, Guinnessy, McGuinness and many more.

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Guinness Early History


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Guinness Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Guinness 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 Guinness History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Guinness Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Guinness Early Notables (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 Guinness Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



During the middle of the 19th century, Irish families often experienced extreme poverty and racial discrimination in their own homeland under English rule. Record numbers died of disease and starvation, and many others, deciding against such a fate, boarded ships bound for North Ameri ca. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Unfortunately, many of those Irish that arrived in Canada or the United States still experienced economic and racial discrimination. Although often maligned, these Irish people were essential to the rapid development of these countries because they provided the cheap labor required for the many canals, roads, railways, and other projects required for strong national infrastructures. Eventually the Irish went on to make contributions in the less backbreaking and more intellectual arenas of commerce, education, and the arts. Research early immigration and passenger lists revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Guinness:

Guinness Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edw Guinness, who arrived in New York, NY in 1810

Guinness Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mary Guinness, aged 22, a housemaid, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • Jane Guinness, aged 33, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884

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Contemporary Notables of the name Guinness (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Guinness (post 1700)



  • Don Guinness, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New Jersey 4th District, 1944
  • Sir Arthur Edward Guinness (1840-1915), Baron Ardilaun, Irish businessman, politician, and philanthropist, founder of "Guinness" brewery
  • Mary Jennifer Guinness (1937-2016), ne Hollwey, an English-born Irish socialite, member of the Guinness family who was kidnapped in April 1986 but rescued eight days later
  • Walter Edward Guinness (1880-1944), made the first Baron Moyne in 1932. He held the posts of Minister of Agriculture, Colonial Secretary, Leader of the House of Lords and Minister of State and British Government representative in Cairo
  • Sir Alec Guinness (1914-2000), Academy Award and Tony Award-winning English actor who was awarded the Oscar for his role in "The Bridge on the River Kwai" in 1958
  • Edward Cecil Guinness (1847-1927), 1st Earl of Iveagh, third son of Sir Benjamin Lee Guinness who spent much of his fortune on many philanthropic projects

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    6. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
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    8. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
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    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The Guinness Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Guinness 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.

    This page was last modified on 2 February 2016 at 13:29.

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