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|Some Historical Notes on the Guerin Surname in Co. Clare by Pat Guerin|
Origins: 1654 – 1656: The Civil Survey;
1659: Pender’s ‘Census’; The Inchiquin Papers; Guerins of Ennis
1654 – 1656: The Civil Survey
A check was made for the civil parishes of Templeically and KillmcStully in the Barony of Owney & Arra; no Guerin/O’Geran or any variant of the name was found amonst the names listed.
1659: Pender’s ‘Census’
The ‘tituladoes’ for each county covered
are listed by name.
They contain the following name references:
All the above names are obviously Gaelic in their origins and while contemporaneous with the influx of Huguenot refugees are (with the possible exception of Maurice Geron) in no way (Huguenot) French.
“The Guerin surname may be a derivative of Ó Géaráin, a name occasionally anglicised to Sharp. The Guerins seem to have been residents of Ennis prior 1674 when Daniell O’Gearain was accused of breaking the terms of his tenancy. In 1771, Thomas Gerane was appointed as an overseer. He was described as a tanner in 1773, when he became a collector for the Corporation. In 1777, John Gerane received a presentation from the provost and burgesses of the town, for services rendered to the borough during Edward O’Brien’s term as provost. In 1875 and 1876 John Guerin was boot and shoemaker in Bank Place. In 1880 and 1881, Patrick Guerin was a watchmaker in Jail Street.... In 1996, Christy and Sheila Guerin were the proprietors of the Woodstock Golf and County Club.”
From the above it would seem that for the Guerins of Ennis the migration from O’Gearain to Gerane to Guerin was completed sometime around the middle of the 19th century.