GUERIN - Surname Meaning and Family History

What Does the Last Name Guerin Mean?

One of the most common meanings of the Ward surname is guard or watchman.
Royal guardsman outside the Tower of London. Getty / Arthur Tilley

The Guerin surname derives from the Old French guarin or guerin, meaning "to watch or guard." Gwaren is the Welsh variation of the surname, Guarin the Spanish, and Warren is a common Anglicized version.

Surname Origin: French, Irish, Welsh (Gwaren)


Famous People with the GUERIN Surname

  • Veronica Guerin - Irish crime reporter
  • William Robert "Bill" Guerin - American former professional ice hockey player; assistant general manager of the NHL Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Jean-Baptiste Paulin Guérin - French painter
  • Jean-Marie Camille Guérin - French immunologist
  • Gilles Guérin - French sculptor

Where is the GUERIN Surname Most Common?

Not unsurprisingly, the Guerin surname is most commonly found in France, according to surname distribution data from Forebears; it ranks as the 59th most common last name in the country. It is also somewhat common in Ireland (ranked 714th) and Canada (933rd).

WorldNames PublicProfiler indicates the Guerin surname is especially frequent in northwestern France, specifically Bregagne (Brittany), Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes, and Centre-Val de Loire.

Genealogy Resources for the Surname GUERIN

Meanings of Common French Surnames
Uncover the meaning of your French last name with this free guide to the meanings and origins of common French surnames.

Guerin Family Crest - It's Not What You Think
Contrary to what you may hear, there is no such thing as a Guerin family crest or coat of arms for the Guerin surname. Coats of arms are granted to individuals, not families, and may rightfully be used only by the uninterrupted male line descendants of the person to whom the coat of arms was originally granted.

Some Historical Notes on the Origin of the Guerin Surname in Co. Clare
An essay by Pat Guerin on the origins of the 'Guerins of Co. Clare.'

GUERIN Family Genealogy Forum
This free message board is focused on descendants of Guerin ancestors around the world.

FamilySearch - GUERIN Genealogy
Explore over 400,000 results from digitized historical records and lineage-linked family trees related to the Guerin surname on this free website hosted by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

GUERIN Surname Mailing List
Free mailing list for researchers of the Guerin surname and its variations includes subscription details and a searchable archives of past messages. - GUERIN Genealogy & Family History
Explore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Guerin.

GeneaNet - Guerin Records
GeneaNet includes archival records, family trees, and other resources for individuals with the Guerin surname, with a concentration on records and families from France and other European countries.

The Guerin Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the Guerin surname from the website of Genealogy Today.


References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Collins Celtic (Pocket edition), 1998.

Fucilla, Joseph. Our Italian Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2003.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Reaney, P.H. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1997.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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