McGuinness Coat of Arms, Family Crest and McGuinness Family History

If you are conducting some McGuinness family history research then you can view the McGuinness coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and McGuinness surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


The Irish name McGuinness is derived from the native Gaelic Mag Aonghusa Sept who were located in the Province of Ulster and in County Down in particular. The name literally translates as 'Son of Angus' and variants include MacGenis and Magennis.

A Sept is an ancient form of a Clan and is a group of people whose ancestors all bore the same surname and inhabited the same locality.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the McGuinness Coat of Arms

Argent/White or Silver Denotes Peace and Sincerity.
Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Vert/Green Signifies Hope, Joy and sometimes, Loyalty in Love
Chief Dominion, authority, wisdom, achievement in battle
Hand Symbol of Faith, Sincerity, and Justice
The Lion Emblem of Deathless Courage
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