Maguire History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Many variations of the name Maguire 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 Maguire family

The surname Maguire 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 Maguire family

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Maguire Spelling Variations

The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name Maguire revealed spelling variations, including Maguire, MacGuire, Guire, Guirey, Guiry and others.

Early Notables of the Maguire family (pre 1700)

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Maguire World Ranking

In the United States, the name Maguire is the 2,407th most popular surname with an estimated 12,435 people with that name. [1] However, in Australia, the name Maguire is ranked the 617th most popular surname with an estimated 6,324 people with that name. [2] And in New Zealand, the name Maguire is the 922nd popular surname with an estimated 804 people with that name. [3]


United States Maguire migration to the United States +

Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the Maguire name:

Maguire Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Arthur Maguire, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [4]
  • Francis Maguire, who landed in America in 1792 [4]
Maguire Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Maguire, aged 32, who arrived in Wiskasset (Wiscasset) in 1803 [4]
  • James Maguire, who arrived in America in 1805 [4]
  • Patt Maguire, who arrived in America in 1805 [4]
  • Bgt Maguire, who arrived in America in 1805 [4]
  • James Maguire, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1807 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Maguire Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Michael Maguire, (b. 1882), aged 21, Cornish farmer, from Davidstow, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Celtic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 2nd March 1903 en route to Cleveland, Ohio, USA [5]

Canada Maguire migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Maguire Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Hanna Connors Maguire, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1825
  • Hugh Maguire, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1826
  • John Maguire, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • Charles Maguire, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Mary Maguire, aged 25, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Ugoni" from Belfast, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Maguire migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Maguire Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss Eleanor Maguire, (b. 1781), aged 32, Irish convict who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Catherine" on 8th December 1813, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • Mr. James Maguire, (b. 1801), aged 19, Irish waiter and footman who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years for felony, transported aboard the "Dorothy" on 5th May 1820, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Mr. Thomas Maguire, (b. 1802), aged 18, Irish labourer who was convicted in Roscommon, Ireland for 7 years for sedition, transported aboard the "Dorothy" on 5th May 1820, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • John Maguire, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Mr. Alexander Maguire, (b. 1819), aged 19, Irish errand boy who was convicted in Antrim, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Clyde" on 11th May 1838, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1866 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Maguire migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Maguire Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Henry Maguire, aged 33, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Letitia Maguire, aged 25, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • James Maguire, aged 2, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Ann Maguire, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1842
  • Mrs. Mary Maguire, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Egmont" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 14th June 1858 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Maguire (post 1700) +

  • Joseph Francis Maguire (1919-2014), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Springfield, Massachusetts (1977-1991)
  • Brigadier-General Hamilton Ewing Maguire (1891-1971), American Chief of Staff, US Army Group Greece (1947-1948) [11]
  • George Maguire (1796-1882), Irish-born, American mayor of St. Louis, Missouri, USA
  • Tobey Maguire (b. 1975), American actor, best known for his role as Spider Man
  • Basset Maguire, American Botanist
  • Gregory Maguire (b. 1954), American author
  • Peter F. Maguire, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1944
  • Peter W. Maguire, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Derry, 1938
  • Raymer Francis Maguire (b. 1890), American Democratic Party politician, Served in the U.S. Navy during World War I; 17th Circuit State's Attorney, 1923-27; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Florida, 1940
  • Richard Maguire, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1960
  • ... (Another 47 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. John Thomas Maguire, British Seaman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [12]
  • Mr. James Maguire, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [12]
  • Mr. Joseph Maguire, British Fireman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [12]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. John Edward Maguire (d. 1912), aged 30, American First Class passenger from Brockton, Massachusetts who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [13]


Suggested Readings for the name Maguire +

  • The Ancestry of Beulah Fogg Maguire of Sanford, Maine by Beulah Maguire.

  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ https://forebears.io/australia/surnames
  3. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_ellis_island_1892_on.pdf
  6. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retreived 2nd January 2021, retreived from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/catherine
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/dorothy
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th February 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/clyde
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, April 11) Hamilton Maguire. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Maguire/Hamilton_Ewing/USA.html
  12. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  13. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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