McGuire (surname)

McGuire (surname)

McGuire is a surname of Irish origin, from the Gaelic "Mag Uidhir". The name means "son of Odhar" Some historical background indicates the name Mag Uidhir, Maguire or McGuire stems from the Magi of Éire who were the priests of ancient Ireland. The name is most often associated with County Fermanagh. The McGuire Royal Family (Maguidhirs) lived in the McGuire (Maguidhir) castle in Enniskillen. The origins of the island town of Enniskillen go back to prehistory when this short nexus was the main highway between Ulster and Connaught. Enniskillen Castle was the medieval seat of the McGuire (Maguidhir), chieftains of Fermanagh, who policed the lough with a private navy of 1,500 boats. Nearby is Maguiresbridge. At the castle, the King heard wind of a large army that had been sent to attack. Fearing the loss of all his clan, he sent half of his people to the northwest of Scotland, who adopted the surname of MacQuarrie.[1]


List of persons with the surname

  • Al McGuire (1928–2001), American college basketball coach
  • Anne McGuire (born 1949), Scottish politician; MP for Stirling
  • Annie McGuire, Scottish broadcaster and talk-show presenter
  • Barry McGuire (born 1935), American singer and songwriter
  • Betty McGuire, American television and film actress
  • Bill McGuire (volcanologist), English professor of volcanology
  • Billy and Benny McGuire, Guinness World Record holders for "World's Heaviest Twins"
  • Bob McGuire, pseudonym of American author Bob Mayer
  • Brenndan McGuire, Canadian musician and record producer
  • Brian McGuire (1945–1977), Australian racecar driver
  • Bruce McGuire (dates unknown), Australian rugby league player
  • Carson McGuire (b.1973), American Artist and descendant of Christopher "Kitt" Carson
  • Casey McGuire (born 1980), Australian rugby league player
  • Danica McGuire (born 1991), American biologist
  • Danny McGuire, English rugby league player
  • Dave McGuire, founded the McGuire Programme for recovering stammerers in 1994
  • Deacon McGuire (1863–1936), American professional baseball player, manager, and coach
  • Dick McGuire (1926–2010), American professional basketball player and coach
  • Dorothy McGuire (1916–2001), American actress
  • Eddie McGuire (born 1964), Australian television journalist, sportscaster, and game show host
  • Edith McGuire (born 1944), American Olympic athlete in sprinting events in the 1964 Olympics
  • Edward McGuire (composer) (born 1948), Scottish composer
  • Frank McGuire (1916–1994), American college basketball coach
  • Fred Henry McGuire, American Medal of Honor recipient
  • Gary McGuire (born 1938), English professional football player
  • Hunter McGuire (1835–1900), American physician, teacher, and orator
  • Kathryn McGuire (1903–1978), American silent film actress and dancer
  • James McGuire (VC) (1827–1862), Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • James Kennedy McGuire (1868–1923), American politician; mayor of Syracuse, New York
  • Joe McGuire (born 1944), Canadian politician; MP from Prince Edward Island
  • John McGuire (1910–1980), Irish actor
  • John J. McGuire (1917–1981), American author of science fiction
  • Maeve McGuire (born 1937), American soap opera actress
  • Maureen McGuire (born 1962) Scottish born chief marketing officer of Bloomberg
  • The McGuire Sisters (Christine, Dorothy, Phyllis), American singers (biological sisters)
  • Michael McGuire (born 1926), Former British Labour Party politician; MP for Ince and Makerfield

Michael McGuire (born 1971), Australian journalist with News Ltd newspapers

Alternative spellings

Fictional people


  1. ^ Sources: 1) The Fermanagh Story by Peadar Livingstone, published 1969, Cumann Seanchais Chlochair; 2) Irish Families, Their Names, Arms, and Origins by Edward MacLysaght; 3) Historic Maguire Chalices by The Maguire of Fermanagh, published 1996 by Fermanagh District Council; 4) Irish Book of Arms plates; 5) Irish Chiefs and Leaders by Rev. Paul Walsh, published 1960, Dublin

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