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Gwyer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



Many variations of the name Gwyer have evolved since the time of its initial creation. In Gaelic it appeared as Mag Uidhir, which is derived from the word "odhar," meaning "dun-colored;" in the genitive case, the word is "uidhir."

Early Origins of the Gwyer family


The surname Gwyer was first found in County Fermanagh (Irish: Fear Manach) in the southwestern part of Northern Ireland, Province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Gwyer family


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Gwyer Spelling Variations


Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Gwyer family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Maguire, MacGuire, Guire, Guirey, Guiry and others.

Early Notables of the Gwyer family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Gwyer family to the New World and Oceana


During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Gwyer family in North America: Dennis McGuire, who settled in New England in 1772; Arthur, Bernard, Catherine, Daniel, Hugh, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Peter, Robert, Thomas, and William McGuire, all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.

Historic Events for the Gwyer family



HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William E Gwyer, British Leading Cook, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html

RMS Lusitania

  • Reverend Herbert Linford Gwyer, English 2nd Class passenger residing in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 15 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  • Mrs. Margaret Inglis Adams Gwyer, (née Cairns), English 2nd Class passenger residing in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping on life boat 15 then a collapsible [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/

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Citations


  1. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  2. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/

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