|Clare County Library||
|Some Historical Notes on the Guerin Surname in Co. Clare by Pat Guerin|
| Historical Perspective
The Genealogical Office (Kildare St., Dublin) manuscript GO545 is a document written by Thomas Guerin (born 13 Sept. 1886 at Montreal Canada). It is handwritten on what appears to be a school copybook and is titled “Extracts from deeds, records etc. relating to the name Guerin in Ireland & England”. See Appendix 3 to this book for a typewritten copy of the main text of Thomas Guerin’s handwritten document.
It would seem from reading the document that the author believes himself to be of Hiberno-Huguenot origin. However, while he supplies a lot of interesting historical documentation around the name Guerin in Ireland and the connection of the Huguenot bearers of that name with both England and Ireland, his claim to Huguenot descent rests primarily on family oral tradition. His manuscript does not provide the documentary trail, which would establish beyond reasonable doubt, the Huguenot line of descent he claims.
I have included Ms GO545 for two reasons. Firstly, it is the earliest Guerin family history I have come across; secondly, it has some very interesting references to indigenous pre-Norman and pre-Huguenot Geran, O’Gerane, O’Gyeran etc.
In the opening pages of his document Thomas Guerin tries to put his quest for his origins and that of the name Guerin in Ireland in a historical perspective: