Guthrie - Surname Meaning

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.

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 Distribution

Guthrie Distribution in the United Kingdom in 1881

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* Statistics based on the 1881 census of the United Kingdom, Channel Islands & Isle of Man

Highest Incidence of Guthries in UK Counties and Dependencies

RankCountyNo. of People% of Region
1Lanarkshire5610.06
2Ayrshire3940.18
3Angus3140.12
4Northumberland2690.06
5Midlothian2450.06
6Durham2190.03
7Middlesex1810.01
8Lancashire141-
9Renfrewshire1410.06
10Perthshire1330.10
11Fife1320.08
12Aberdeenshire1250.05
13Orkney990.31
14Yorkshire98-
15Berwickshire760.22
16Surrey64-
17Banffshire510.08
18Roxburghshire490.09
19Stirlingshire480.04
20Cheshire450.01
21Dunbartonshire350.04
22Moray320.07
23Wigtownshire310.08
24Kent28-
25Shetland250.08
26Selkirkshire210.08
27West Lothian210.05
28Kincardineshire180.05
29Cumberland170.01
30Staffordshire15-
31Kirkcudbrightshire150.04
32Argyll120.01
33Bute120.07
34Gloucestershire10-
35Inverness-shire90.01
36Glamorganshire8-
37Essex7-
38Hampshire7-
39East Lothian60.02
40Kinross-shire60.08
41Sussex5-
42Nairn50.06
43Worcestershire5-
44Cardiganshire50.01
45Lincolnshire4-
46Norfolk4-
47Nottinghamshire4-
48Clackmannanshire40.02
49Huntingdonshire30.01
50Somerset3-
51Dorset2-
52Denbighshire2-
53Cambridgeshire2-
54Wiltshire2-
55Devon2-
56Buckinghamshire1-
57Monmouthshire1-
58Warwickshire1-
59Sutherland1-
60Cornwall1-
61Herefordshire1-
62Shropshire1-
63Ross and Cromarty1-
64Carmarthenshire1-
65Dumfriesshire1-

Highest Incidence of Guthries in UK Settlements

RankSettlementNo. of People% of Settlement
1Falkirk30.01
2Chester30.01
3Drainie30.07
4Pluckley30.33
5Gamrie30.04
6Esher30.15
7Fogo30.64
8Newington3-
9Boharm30.25
10Workington20.01
11Aberlemno20.20
12Swindon20.01
13Didsbury20.04
14Lockwood20.02
15Cambridge20.01
16Forgan20.06
17Aldershot20.01
18Fenwick20.17
19London2-
20Rottingdean20.12
21North Meols2-
22Marnoch20.06
23Rerrick20.11
24St Pancras2-
25West Ham2-
26Bervie20.09
27Gresford20.03
28Sorn20.05
29Wilton20.03
30Haltwhistle20.03
31Dollar20.08
32Inverkip20.04
33Bury2-
34Tweedmouth20.04
35Straiton20.16
36Lewisham2-
37Kilsyth10.01
38Ferryport-on-Craig10.04
39Dull10.04
40Hutton10.22
41Egglescliffe10.12
42Clevedon10.02
43Christchurch10.01
44Gorbals10.02
45Plemstall10.04
46Newport1-
47Coningsby10.07
48Cirencester10.01
49Monymusk10.09
50Bolton le Moors1-
51King Edward10.03
52Kennethmont10.10
53Logie10.02
54Eton10.02
55Hougham10.02
56Wensley10.05
57Inverarity10.12
58Hayes10.01
59Blair Atholl10.06
60Guildford10.01
61Kingston upon Hull1-
62Cameron10.10
63Storrington10.07
64Laugharne10.06
65Rhu10.01
66Ballantrae10.07
67Glenisla10.13
68St Ninians10.01
69Kilfinichen and Kilvickeon10.05
70Chatham1-
71Dalry10.10
72Richmond10.01
73Kilmacolm10.04
74Pittington10.02
75Compton10.35
76Hereford10.01
77Birtley10.03
78Kettins10.11
79Gloucester1-
80Mortlach10.03
81Troqueer10.02
82Coylton10.03
83Ellon10.03
84Culross10.09
85Dunbarney10.13
86Moffat10.03
87Usworth10.02
88Petty10.07
89Basingstoke10.01
90Nottingham1-
91Chapel of Garioch10.05
92Dalserf10.01
93Newton in Makerfield10.01
94Crieff10.02
95Polwarth10.44
96Yarrow10.16
97Runcorn1-
98New Kilpatrick10.01
99New Deer10.02
100Campsall10.05

Guthrie Distribution in Ireland in 1901

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* Statistics based on the 1901 census or Ireland

Highest Incidence of Guthries in Irish Counties

RankCountyNo. of People% of Region
1Clare1210.11
2Antrim920.02
3Down370.01
4Dublin340.01
5Londonderry330.02
6Donegal230.01
7Sligo200.02
8Tipperary110.01
9Roscommon70.01
10Fermanagh60.01
11Cork5-
12Meath40.01
13Monaghan40.01
14Mayo3-
15Louth2-
16Westmeath2-
17Tyrone1-

Highest Incidence of Guthries in Irish Settlements

RankSettlementNo. of People% of Settlement
1Belfast640.02
2Kilmacrehy331.94
3Dublin220.01
4Kilmoon172.14
5Hollywood160.08
6Dysert150.31
7Raymochy150.66
8Loughguile140.39
9Kilneboy141.72
10Templemore130.04
11Kilfree120.34
12Ardfinnan111.75
13Newry100.05
14Knockbreda100.01
15Killaspuglonane91.66
16Clouney80.52
17Kilshalvee80.77
18Kilmurry Ibrickane70.16
19Tamlaghtfinlagan70.22
20Glasnevin70.11
21Dromcliffe60.08
22Templepatrick60.19
23Dunboe60.25
24Aughrim60.48
25Templecarne60.05
26Faughanvale60.19
27Kilmanaheen50.16
28Dromcrehy40.54
29Clones40.04
30Ballymoney30.04
31Ballylinney30.17
32Devenish30.09
33Booterstown30.10
34Doneraile30.14
35Cork2-
36Kilcleagh20.08
37Cleenish20.04
38Colpe20.19
39Drogheda20.02
40Castleknock20.04
41Kilfarboy20.07
42Killowen10.05
43Donaghmore10.26
44Enniskillen10.01
45Carrickfergus10.01
46Lismullen10.86
47Donagheady10.02
48All Saints10.06
49Boyle10.02
50Ballisakeery10.05
51Abbey10.07
52Dunaghy10.04
53Conwall10.01
54Aughaval10.02
55Castlebar10.02
56Loughinisland10.04

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