Meaning and Origin of: Guthrie

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Irish : War hero

Boy name variations

Family name origins & meanings

  • Scottish : habitational name from a place near Forfar, named in Gaelic with gaothair ‘windy place’ (a derivative ofgaoth ‘wind’) + the locative suffix -ach.
  • Possibly an Anglicized form of Scottish Gaelic Mag Uchtre ‘son ofUchtre’, a personal name of uncertain origin, perhaps akin touchtlach ‘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’. CompareLaffey.
  • Samuel Guthrie (1782–1848), who invented a replacement for the flintlock musket, also discovered chloroform in 1831. His ancestor John Guthrie came to North America from Edinburgh, Scotland, and died in Litchfield Co., CT, in 1730.