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

McGuiness Early Origins



The surname McGuiness was first found in County Down (Irish:An Dún) 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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McGuiness Spelling Variations


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McGuiness Spelling Variations



Many different spelling variations of the surname McGuiness exist in the archives researched. Ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Genis, Guinness, Magennis, Guinnessy, McGuinness and many more.

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McGuiness Early History


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McGuiness Early History



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

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McGuiness Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McGuiness 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 McGuiness 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McGuiness Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James McGuiness, aged 33, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Nations" in 1874
  • Cornelius McGuiness, aged 59, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
  • Micheal McGuiness, aged 22, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Apelles" in 1874
  • Thomas McGuiness, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875
  • Terence McGuiness, aged 21, a farm labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McGuiness (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McGuiness (post 1700)



  • Christopher Ryan McGuiness (b. 1988), American Major League Baseball first baseman
  • William R. McGuiness (b. 1946), American jurist, Administrative Presiding Justice of the California Court of Appeal
  • P. F. McGuiness, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from Torrington, 1920
  • James J. McGuiness, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Albany County 2nd District, 1951-56
  • Edwin D. McGuiness, American politician, Secretary of State of Rhode Island, 1887-88, 1890-91

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McGuiness Historic Events


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McGuiness Historic Events




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McGuiness Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    2. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    3. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    4. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    7. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    11. ...

    The McGuiness Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McGuiness 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 19 February 2016 at 14:45.

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