What's in a
name? Well, last names are like a map that charts our ancestor's
path throughout history. When you start searching names, you
discover many things. Today, I'm going to show you some things I
found out about the McGuire name.
McGuire is considered to be an
Irish name. Lots of people will argue that if it's spelled "McGuire"
it's Irish, but if it's spelled "Maguire" it's
Scottish. Our relatives say that when they came to America they
started spelling it with the "Mc," but in Ireland it was "Ma."
Other's say that names were spelled according to how people
pronounced them, and the spelling depended upon both literacy
and hearing. Lots of people mistakenly spell McGuire as
McQuire, because the "c" makes the "G" sound like a "Q."
Some historical background
indicates the name McGuire, or Maguire stems from the Magi of
Eire...who were the priests of ancient Ireland. A slightly
different rendition of the name pops up throughout ancient
Europe. Like Magyar, the former name of Hungary, the Ural
Mountains and ancient Ur, entirely known as Mugheir, or more
If you recall stories about the Old
Testament's Babylon, you recognize Ur, of the Chaldees, as the
great city where Abraham once lived. Not only is the correct
spelling similar to Maguire, but it was religiously significant
also. It isn't difficult to imagine the Magi missionaries
emigrating from ancient Babylon, through the Ural Mountains and
Magyar (Hungary), to Eire (Ireland).
An old Irish book (Irish Wisdom)
claims that Eire was the religious center of pre-Roman Europe. A
more recent publication "The Queen's Crowning" proves
it by detailing the traditions, ancestry and symbolism
surrounding the Coronation ceremony of the Irish, Scots and
British Kings spanning thousands of years.
The great climax of the Coronation
is an oak chair, beneath which rests "Jacob's Stone,"
the sacred palladium of his race. Known as the "Lia Fail,"
or Stone of Destiny, it was first used a Tara, Ireland to crown
the Irish Kings, and later moved to Scone, where the Scottish
Kings were crowned. Edward I brought it to Westminster and had
it placed beneath the oak Coronation Chair made by Walter in
This concludes my story about the
name "McGuire." As you can see, names have a lot of history
attached to them. What began as a simple search for a name
developed into a journey to the Magi's of ancient Babylon,
Ireland, Scotland and the ceremonial traditions of Britain's