Guthrie Surname Meaning & Statistics

9,544th most common

surname in the world


Approximately 56,603

people bear this surname


Most prevelant in:

United States

Highest density in:

Jamaica

Definition:

From the barony of the name in Angus. The first of the name recorded is probably the Guthrie sent to France after Sir William Wallace in 1299. In 1348 Adam de Guthrie witnessed a decreet to a burgess of Dundee, Jon of Guthere was juror on the marches of Woodwrae in 1388 (Bamff, p.

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Guthrie Surname Distribution

CountryIncidenceFrequencyRank in Nation
United States37,4181: 8,5591,007
England4,6841: 11,5291,693
Australia3,0541: 7,7171,020
Canada2,6951: 13,1461,888
South Africa2,3741: 22,7472,735
Scotland1,7651: 3,003488
Jamaica1,4101: 1,928305
New Zealand1,0631: 4,277631
Bolivia6811: 14,7241,629
Ireland2681: 17,1381,856
France2081: 317,11147,714
Wales1351: 22,9632,864
Northern Ireland1311: 13,7401,881
Panama651: 52,3974,057
Chile631: 282,11113,232
Israel591: 139,09217,264
Switzerland541: 151,12819,965
United Arab Emirates541: 174,92617,601
Singapore471: 114,8776,376
Spain431: 1,081,57746,313
Costa Rica421: 111,1212,017
Zimbabwe401: 326,53131,692
Sweden361: 269,28326,164
Barbados231: 12,3911,064
Netherlands221: 766,53662,494
The Bahamas211: 16,7361,056
Thailand151: 4,297,1137,162
Kazakhstan141: 1,234,643113,815
Nicaragua101: 607,1044,209
Turks and Caicos Islands91: 3,495340
Czech Republic71: 1,502,48688,966
Cayman Islands71: 7,9221,005
China61: 227,698,3337,031
Georgia61: 748,41723,950
India61: 208,003,333823,980
Guyana51: 156,9799,391
Japan51: 25,420,0009,759
Malaysia31: 10,077,66719,452
Ethiopia31: 29,317,6643,008
Mexico31: 39,904,40132,086
Germany31: 26,905,33390,215
Iraq31: 12,001,5173,752
South Korea31: 16,807,9852,720
Hong Kong31: 2,406,5676,270
Dominica21: 35,646485
Italy21: 30,381,160124,220
Isle of Man21: 43,0001,118
Turkey21: 38,333,93241,879
Kuwait21: 1,532,92510,284
Puerto Rico21: 1,807,5435,726
Brazil21: 101,503,000139,444
Russia11: 146,068,400897,276
Nigeria11: 178,517,00053,033
Guernsey11: 63,0851,818
Argentina11: 42,669,500120,357
Democratic Republic of The Congo11: 69,360,0007,340
Afghanistan11: 26,023,1007,191
Denmark11: 5,639,71949,101
Gibraltar11: 30,0011,254
Indonesia11: 252,164,800810,193
Cyprus11: 865,87810,683
Poland11: 38,496,00058,885
Portugal11: 10,477,80021,562
Qatar11: 2,174,03524,176
Saudi Arabia11: 29,994,27250,307
Oman11: 3,988,29811,510
Mozambique11: 23,700,7155,916
Jordan11: 6,619,17014,373
Swaziland11: 1,268,0001,179
Ukraine11: 42,825,883492,292
United States Virgin Islands11: 106,4052,361
Vietnam11: 89,708,9007,292
Philippines11: 100,098,60066,560
Tanzania11: 44,928,923123,175
CountryIncidenceFrequencyRank in Nation
Ireland4051: 10,9381,539
CountryIncidenceFrequencyRank in Nation
Scotland2,6231: 1,427263
England1,1421: 21,3443,017
Wales171: 92,2604,121
CountryIncidenceFrequencyRank in Nation
United States6,3851: 7,8651,004
PlaceIncidenceFrequencyRank in Area
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Guthrie Surname Meaning

Descriptive Writing for introductory reference

From the barony of the name in Angus. The first of the name recorded is probably the Guthrie sent to France after Sir William Wallace in 1299. In 1348 Adam de Guthrie witnessed a decreet to a burgess of Dundee, Jon of Guthere was juror on the marches of Woodwrae in 1388 (Bamff, p. 22), and Sir David Guthrie of Guthrie was armorbearer to King James III, David Goithry was admitted burgess of Aberdeen in 1460 (NSCM., I, p. 17), John Gothra was tenant in Balmyle in the same year (Cupar-Angus, I, p. 142), William of Guthre was alderman of the burgh of Forfar in 1464 (RAA., II, 159), and James de Guthre de eodem, a charter witness in 1473 (REG., 400). John Guttere, witness in Linlithgow in 1534 (Johnsoun), John Gottraye, burgess of Edinburgh in 1540 (Irvine, I, p. 46), Robert Gotray, witness in Glasgow, 1551 (Protocols, I), and James Gotthra was miller at the mill of Eyemouth in 1581 (Home, 209). John Gotheray had a feu of part of the lands of Kirktoun of Blair in 1584 (Scon, 222). The form Gottray was an old spelling of the name in Prestwick, Ayrshire, John Gobrey was burgess there, 1507 (Prestwick, p. 10), Peter Gotray, burgess of Irwene, 1597 (Inquis. Tut., 1263), John Gottray in Eymouth mylne, 1616 (Inquis., 8541), and John Guttraw confest he committed blood upon Richard Gothraw, his younger brother in 1659 (Stitchill, p. 18). Peter Gotraye was admitted burgess of Clasgow in 1601 (Burgesses), John Coathra is recorded in Broomdykes in 1672, and Adam Goatra in Eist Gordon in 1675 (Lauder). Samuel Guthrie (1782—1848) was one of the original discoverers of chloroform. Although the Guthries of Guthrie were closely connected with the lands belonging to the Abbey of Arnbroath yet no one of the name is found in the first volume of the Register of the Abbey. An old rhyme designating the main line and principal branches of the surname names them:

"Guthrie o' Guthrie,

and Guthrie o' Gaigie,

Guthrie o' Taybank

an' Guthrie o' Craigie."

As a forename we have Gothra Morison, c. 1443 (Cupar-Angus, I, p. 121). An Irish patronymic, O'Laithimh, now usually Anglicized Lahiff, by some has been rendered Guthrie from an erroneous notion that it is derived from lathaigh, i.e. of the slough or puddle (O'Donovan in AFM.). Gothra 1534, Gothray 1595, Gotrae 1671, Gotraw 1672, Gottraw 1664, Gottray 1551, Gutherie 1624, Cuthree 1640, Guthrye 1632, Guthry 1428, Gutrae 1671, Gwtterie 1565; and Gottrae, Gottre, Gutherye, Gutthre, Guttre.Stolen from Fore-bears

The Surnames of Scotland (1946) by George Fraser Black (1866-1948)

An estate in Forfarshire, Scotland. This might be considered a tolerably satisfactory origin for the name, especially as the family continue to write themselves ' of that Ilk,' to the present day. Tradition, however, has invented another, which is amusingly absurd; I give it as I find it in Chambers' Popular Rhymes of Scotland:-"One of the kings of Scotland, when on an aquatic excursion to the northern part of his dominions, was overtaken by a storm, and driven ashore on the east coast, somewhere between Arbroath and Montrose. Getting in safety to land, the king, like the pious AEneas, under similar circumstances, turned his thoughts upon the means of acquiring food wherewith to satisfy his own hunger and that of his attendants, both considerably sharpened by the sea breeze. He had not, however, the good fortune of the Trojan hero in seeing —

Patronymica Britannica, written: 1838-1860 by Mark Antony Lower

Warlike, powerful in war, from guth, Saxon, war. Guthmor, Gaelic, loud—voiced. Guthrie, a town in Scotland. Gutric, Gotric, Gotricus, rich in goodness, rich in God.

An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names (1857) by William Arthur

Local: from the lands of Guthrie in Forfarshire.

The Origin and Signification of Scottish Surnames (1862) by Clifford Stanley Sims (1839-1896)

Guthrie Surname Variants & Similar Names

Similiar Surnames

SurnameSimilarityIncidencePrevalency
Gutherie93489/
Guthurie933/
Guethrie931/
Guithrie931/
Gauthrie931/
Gutharie931/
Guthirie931/
Guthreie931/
Guthrioe931/
Gutthrie93--
Guthriee93--
Guthorie93--
Gouthrie93--
Guthriey93--
Guthre9254/
Guthri924/
Gautherie88129/
Guhtherie881/
Gutherrie881/
Guthrey86418/
Guthree86--
Gathrie867/
Gouthre86117/
Guthire8644/
Guthuri8639/
Gouthri8613/
Gauthre869/
Cuthrie868/
Guthria867/
Guthari866/
Guthere864/
Guthrei864/
Guthare863/
Gutheri863/
Guthori862/
Guthrio862/
Guthrue862/
Guithre861/
Guthriy861/
Gothrie86--
Guthore86--
Guthrye86--
Guthrre86--
Gethrie86--
Gutheria80--
Cauthrie80--
Guthreau8057/
Gouthure8035/
Gouthuri8035/
Guthariy806/
Gutthuri804/
Gouthari803/
Gouthere803/
Gauthire803/
Gautheri801/
Gauthuri801/
Gutheriy801/
Guthurhi801/
Gouthree801/
Gaithrie80--
Guthry7757/
Guther77960/
Guthro77437/
Gathri7710/
Kuthre777/
Guthar777/
Guthur775/
Kuthri773/
Guthra772/
Guethr772/
Gauyathri75775/
Gouthiere75236/
Gauthreau7560/
Gouthreau7523/
Gouthurey759/
Gauthiere759/
Gouthuroe753/
Guthariya752/
Gauthariy751/
Gauthiera751/
Gouthoori751/
Guithreau75--
Guthreaux75--
Guyther7177/
Guthery71980/
Cathrie712/
Gathuri712368/
Gathere712055/
Gouthro711442/
Gauthreaux711201/
Gathiri71633/
Gauthereau71459/
Kuthari71458/
Gatheri71314/
Gathari71302/
Guether71299/
Gauther71152/
Kuthare71150/
Kuthuri7162/
Guither7152/
Guthary7152/
Gothari7121/
Gothare7115/
Gathare7115/
Guthuru7114/
Gaythri7111/
Gaithri7110/
Gathore7110/
Gthorai716/
Gothure715/
Gouther715/
Gothuri714/
Gouthra714/
Gowthre713/
Gauthir712/
Kuthier712/
Kauthri711/
Cuthari711/
Guithry711/
Gayuathiri711/
Gethere711/
Gethroe711/
Gethuri711/
Gathori711/
Gauthar711/
Gauthru711/
Guthaer711/
Guthahr711/
Gutharu711/
Gutheir711/
Gutheru711/
Guthiry711/
Guthray711/
Gutthur711/
Guothro711/
Gothere711/
Gothria711/
Gouthreaux711/
Guthiar71--
Gauthra71--
Guthory71--
Gauthur71--
Gothrue71--
Cuthure71--
Guthera71--
Guthira71--

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Footnotes

    • Description: Descriptions are largely reproduced from 3rd party sources; diligence is advised on accepting their validity
    • Incidence: The approximate number of people in a given area who bear the surname
    • Frequency: The percentage of people in a given area that bear the surname
    • Rank: Surnames are ranked by incidence using the dense ranking method; the surname that occurs the most is assigned a rank of 1; surnames that occur less frequently receive an incremented rank; if two or more surnames occur the same number of times they are assigned the same rank and preceding rank is incremented by 1
    • Similar: Surnames listed in the 'Similar Surnames' section are phonetically similar and may not have any relation to Guthrie