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Maguire


MaguireMacGUIRE is a distinguished Gaelic or [K]eltic family. According to 'The Origin Of Clan Maguire' by Miss Ivy Rooney, the Maguire clan is said to have originated in the middle of Ireland in the County of Westmeath, in the province of Leinster and to have moved from there to the county of Fermanagh in the province of Ulster, modern day Northern Ireland. (source: Kathleen Neil Maguire Bulletin 1996 p.11)

The name is derived from the Irish Gaelic, Mag-Uidhir (Mag, Mac - son of & Uidhir - Dun colored, sallow). You can hear the actual pronunciation in Irish of the name at the PBS site Irish in America - Maguire.

Uidhir is the possessive form of the proper name of Odhar & an interesting fact about that name is that it was in common use at the time of our progenitor because people are prone to name their children after hero's, Odhar being the name sake of a "hero-saint" who was St. Patrick's servant & chariot-driver, who reputedly saved his master's life by taking his place when his life was sought by pagans in about 452 A.D.

(For more information on this please consult The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume XI and do a search on the page for the name of Odhran.

Today, the Maguire surname is approximately 39th place of the most common surnames in Ireland, but it definitely holds first place in the County of Fermanagh! The majority of those who use the spelling Maguire are chiefly associated with County Fermanagh, in Northern Ireland, and those who use the spelling MacGuire or McGuire usually originated from Mayo or Roscommon. Other various spellings of this surname are; MacGiver, MacGuier, MacGuiver, MacGuire, MacGwire, Macquer, Macquire, Maguier, Maguir, Maguyre, Magwire, McGuire, McQuire.

On looking up your website I thought that I should point out that our tartan is Scottish not Irish as I am recorded with the Lord Lyon as the first Scottish Maguire.  I have attached a picture of the tartan so that it may be seen in real form rather than on print so that your potential customers may get a better idea of what the tartan looks like, I have also attached the Scottish crest that can be worn by any Scottish Maguire I do hope that this may be of help to you as any time that we wear the kilt people always remark on how nice the tartan is, thank you once again for your good work in setting this up for us.  Would be kind enough to let us know if this gets through to you.
Kind regards
Frank Mcguire

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