McGuire History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Many variations of the name McGuire 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 McGuire family

The surname McGuire 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.

Important Dates for the McGuire family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGuire research. Another 66 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1707, 1683 and 1707 are included under the topic Early McGuire History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McGuire Spelling Variations

Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name McGuire revealed many variations, including Maguire, MacGuire, Guire, Guirey, Guiry and others.

Early Notables of the McGuire family (pre 1700)

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McGuire migration to the United States

The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the McGuire family relocated to North American shores quite early:

McGuire Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Bryan McGuire, who landed in Virginia in 1717 [1]
  • Constantine McGuire, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745 [1]
  • Thomas McGuire, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745 [1]
  • Annie McGuire, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]
  • Dennis McGuire, who settled in New England in 1772
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
McGuire Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles McGuire, who landed in America in 1803 [1]
  • Francis McGuire, aged 28, who landed in Maryland in 1813 [1]
  • Catherine McGuire, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817 [1]
  • Ellen McGuire, aged 15, who arrived in America in 1822 [1]
  • Bernard McGuire, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1824 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
McGuire Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Michael McGuire, who arrived in Alabama in 1913 [1]

McGuire migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McGuire Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • James McGuire, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Patrick McGuire U.E. who settled in Gullivers Cove, Digby County, Nova Scotia c. 1784 [2]
McGuire Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Hugh McGuire, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Peter McGuire, aged 36, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Owen McGuire, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Mary McGuire, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • James McGuire, aged 19, a weaver, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Trial" in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McGuire migration to Australia

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

McGuire Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William McGuire, English convict from Kent, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 29, 1828, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • James McGuire, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cromwell" in 1849 [4]
  • Margaret McGuire, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Rajah" [5]
  • Catherine McGuire, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [6]
  • Mary McGuire, aged 26, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McGuire 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:

McGuire Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Ellen Mcguire, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Gipsey" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 25th October 1854 [7]
  • Eliza McGuire, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Gipsy" in 1854
  • Mr. James Mcguire, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 17th October 1855 [7]
  • Mrs. Ann Mcguire, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 17th October 1855 [7]
  • Miss Mary Mcguire, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 17th October 1855 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McGuire (post 1700)

  • Barry McGuire (b. 1935), American singer-songwriter, best known for his hit song "Eve of Destruction"
  • Deborah "Debora" McGuire, American actress who was married to actor and comedian Richard Pryor from September 22, 1977 to August 1978
  • Regis Pierre McGuire (b. 1961), American ice hockey analyst for the National Hockey League (NHL) broadcasts on NBC in the United States
  • Phyllis McGuire (b. 1931), American singer, member of The McGuire Sisters, a singing trio in American popular music
  • Dorothy "Dottie" McGuire (1928-2012), American singer, member of The McGuire Sisters, a singing trio in American popular music
  • Ruby Christine McGuire (1926-2018), American singer, member of The McGuire Sisters, a singing trio in American popular music
  • Major Thomas Buchanan McGuire Jr. (1920-1945), American ace during World War II, credited with 38 aerial victories, awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1944, eponym of McGuire Air Force Base
  • Kim Diane McGuire (1955-2016), American actress and author, best known for her role in the 1990 comedy musical Cry-Baby
  • Christine McGuire (b. 1926), American singer, member of the singing trio The McGuire Sisters
  • Richard Joseph "Dick" McGuire (b. 1926), American former pro basketball player and coach
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the McGuire family

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Arthur T McGuire (b. 1909), English Chief Engine Room Artificer serving for the Royal Navy from Netley, Southampton, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [8]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. William A Mcguire, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [9]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Francis Raymond Mcguire, American Storekeeper Second Class from Michigan, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [10]

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CROMWELL 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Cromwell.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJAH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Rajah.htm
  6. ^ South Australian Register Thursday 4th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/taymouthcastle1854.shtml.
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  9. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  10. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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