Last name: McGinnis

This name, with variant spelling MacGenis, McGinnis, MaGennis, Guin(n)ess etc., is an anglicized form of the Olde Gaelic (Scots and Irish) 'MagAonghusa'. The Gaelic prefix 'mac' (frequently written as 'mag' before a vowel) indicates 'son of'. Aonghusa is the genitive form of the male given name Aonghus meaning 'Unique Choice' from 'aon', one plus 'gus', choice or enterprise. The first bearer of the name is believed to be Aonghus Turimleach, one of three Irish brothers, who invaded Scotland in the 3rd Century B.C., and gave his name to the district of Angus. The ancestry of the Gaelic Irish McGuinness family goes back to a 5th Century chief of Dal Araidhe. By the 12th Century they had become territorial lords of Iveagh in County Down and their fortress was at Rathfriland. Several of the clan fought with Hugh O' Neill at the victorious battle of the Yellow Ford in 1598. The present Lord Iveagh, is head of the largest brewery concern in the world - Guinness of Dublin, which was set up by Arthur Guinness in 1759. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Mag Aonghusa, which was dated circa 1150, in "Early Records of Iveagh", County Down, during the reign of Turlough Mor O' Connor, High King of Ireland, 1119 - 1156. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Erica Mcginnist
Hello the spelling of my last name is McGinnist. However I can't find any information on it. The 1st knowldege I have of my last name is my Great Grandfather David McGinnist who had past when I was a child. When I type it in it always ask me did I mean... Ms. McGinnis you seem to have a great knowledge of the last name if you have any answers as to where McGinnist came from please email me at thank you for your help in advance.

Alan Bowden
Joani , please would you contact me with information regarding the Magininis family , I am searching desperatly for news of Ann Magininis b abt 1827 somewhere in Ireland married my gt granddad John Anderson in 1847in Manchester She died in 1877 I would love to hear more of the Magininis family and where they came from Alan Bowden

Joani McGinnis
Your web site is interesting and has some good info. However, the info you included under the name McGinnis regarding the present Lord Iveagh implies Guinness is related to the McGinnis clan which is NOT the case. The Guinness and McGinnis are not related. The last true McGinnis to hold the title of Lord Iveagh was in 1974 when the title was retired. The current Lord Iveagh obtained the title by donating 2 million dollars to the city of Dublin. In return, the city of Dublin resurrected the title to give to the current lord. He neither inherited the title nor is he a member of the clan McGinnis. The info on the current Lord Ivengh should not be included in your info on the McGinnis clan