Guthrie Family History

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Guthrie Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from a place near Forfar, named in Gaelic with gaothair ‘windy place’ (a derivative of gaoth ‘wind’) + the locative suffix -ach. Possibly an Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic Mag Uchtre ‘son of Uchtre’, a personal name of uncertain origin, perhaps akin to uchtlach ‘child’. Irish: adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Ó Fhlaithimh ‘descendant of Flaitheamh’, a byname meaning ‘prince’. This is the result of an erroneous association of the Gaelic name in the form Ó Fhlaithimh (Fh being silent), with the Gaelic word laithigh ‘mud’, and of mud with gutters, and an equally erroneous association of the Scottish surname Guthrie with the word ‘gutter’. Compare Laffey.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Duthie, Durie, Mathre, Mathie, Buehrle, Currie, Gutherie, Urie

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Guthrie Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Guthrie name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Guthrie. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Sweden


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Guthrie Family Origin

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Guthrie Family Occupations

What did your Guthrie ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Guthrie family was Labourer. The most common Guthrie occupation in Canada was Farmer. 28% of Guthrie's were Farmers. Farmer, Student and Going To School were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Guthrie.

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  • Farmer

  • Student

  • Going To School

  • Labourer


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Guthrie Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 185,000 census records available for the last name Guthrie. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Guthrie census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 23,000 immigration records available for the last name Guthrie. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 37,000 military records available for the last name Guthrie. For the veterans among your Guthrie ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Guthrie Life Expectancy

What is the average Guthrie lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Guthrie life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Guthrie in 1941 was 39, and 74 in 2004.

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