Last name: Guinn
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I would assume the same that the variation O'Guin would come from the same line as guinn,quinn, and O'quinn. WEould that be safe to say Helen?
well I'm more confused now then ever my grandmother was Vandella Gwen born in sampson county nc. There was confusion also beause one person said she was a O'quinn but her own signiture on her ss card signed guinn so you all tell me please.
There is also the french (norman) connection. I am a Guin, and our family legend tells us we arrived in England with William the Conqueror in 1066. Looking in the ledger at Battle Abbey my father found the names Guines, which pronounced in french is guin as in guinea.
Hi Monica Yes a lot of people assume it is Welsh because of the phonetic similarity, but it is Irish. First found in Longford, where they were Lords of Muintir Gillagain. The O 19Quinns and MacQuinns (and all the spelling variables descended from these) were descended from Conn who was in turn descended from the Princes of Annaly. Helen
Dear J Sorry to disagree, but perhaps your father was talking about the Welsh form: Gwynne, but Guinn is definitely Irish. (They are both Celtic countries so have many words and names which are similar.) I gathered a lot of information on the Guinn sept when I was in Ireland some years back. It is one of those less common names, but definitely goes back to ancient times in Ireland. They have an Irish coat of arms: A green shield with a silver pegasus passant, wings elevated and a gold chief. See also below, excerpt from 1800 Word History about the name : Origin: Irish Spelling variations of this family name include: O'Quinn, Quin, Quinn, Quine, MacQuin, MacQuinn, McQuin, McQuinn, MacCuin, Cuinn, Cuin and many more. More than happy to continue discussing the origins of the name and provide further details of past research if you are really interested. I have been involved in genealogical research for over 40 years. HH
Helen I have the same information. I was told by my father that it is Irish, which is our decsent, and that it is related to mcguinness
Actually, no it is not. I am a Guinn and i know for a fact that the Guinn name originated from Wales. The fact that there is an irish beer named GUINNESS does not deter from the origin of the last name.
This is an Irish surname, not Welsh, hence the spelling. The sept comes from around Sligo, and means son of Aonghusa. Related names are: McGuinness, Magennis, Magennis, Maginnis, Meginnis