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.
|Argent/White or Silver||Denotes Peace and Sincerity.|
|Gules/Red||'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.|
|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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