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|Some Historical Notes on the Guerin Surname in Co. Clare by Pat Guerin|
| Some Co. Clare Guerins
of Note: Mathew Geran
A native of Killaloe Diocese, he held the posts of curate of St.Mary’s RC Parish in Limerick City and that of Parish Priest of St Munchin’s in the same city in the 1720s. When he died in 1778 he was Parish Priest of the Silvermines, Co.Tipperary. He was author of one or two tracts in defence of Roman Catholic doctrine. Like most RC clergy of his time he was probably educated at one of the Irish Colleges on the continent (France/Spain).
Had he been of Guerin (Huguenot) descent he would have
been first generation Hiberno/Huguenot; as a person of some education
he would most probably have retained the Huguenot (Guerin) spelling of
his name. One can only surmise that he was not of Huguenot descent and
saw Geran and Guerin as two distinct names. Like the members of his flock
of that era Fr. Geran would have been a fluent Irish speaker and, like
them, Irish was most likely his first language. He would therefore, as
an educated person, have been more aware than most of the cultural provenance
of his surname.