Spelling variants include Guthry. Corruptions of the name include Guttery, Guttreg, and Gutteridge. The name of an estate in Forfarshire and a town in Scotland. This surname means warlike or powerful in war, from the Saxon word for war, guth. The Gaelic word Guthmor means loud-voiced. The names Gutric, Gotric, and Gotricus, mean rich in goodness or rich in God. Another source claims it means “windy place”, from the Gaelic word gaothair. Another origin story is that it comes from the Scottish Gaelic word MagUchtre, or “son of Uchtre”. Yet another theory is that it is an anglicized form of the Irish name Ó Fhlaithimh, or “descendant of Flaitheamh”. Yet another source claims the name derived from a Scandinavian prince named Guthrum who settled in Scotland hundreds of years ago.
There is a Scottish clan by the name of Guthrie originating in Angus, Scotland. Some believe the lands there were named Guthrie by an early Scottish king after a fisherman who fed him (he gut three fish for him). William the Lion, of 1178 AD, granted the lands of Gutherin to Arbroath Abbey and the family that lived there served as royal falconers. According to “Crawfurd’s Lives of the Officer’s of the State” They received their estates by charter from King David II (1329-1371).
Alexander Guthrie (1515-1583) was the town clerk of Edinburg, as were two other persons with this name subsequently. In 1299 AD, a man named Squire Guthie was sent by the Northern Lords of Scotland to France in order to convince Sir William Wallace (aka Braveheart) to return to Scotland and resume fighting the English. Another famous bearer of this surname was James Guthie, a martyr, who in 1661, was executed in Edinburgh for his religious beliefs. Oliver Cromwell referred to him as “The little man who refused to kneel”. Another notable bearer of this last name was the Baron of Guthie, Sir David Guthrie, who was the sheriff of Forfar in 1457 AD. Famous marriages include John Guthrie to Margaret White, the daughter of Reverend White of Murrose, in 1763, who had three sons (John, Robert, and James) and two daughters (Margaret and Jean).
One of the earliest bearers of this surname who came to America was John Guthrie of Jamestown in 1652, who may have had three brothers, and who may have received land grants from King Charles I of England. He married Elizabeth Baskett in 1686 at Christ Church Parish in Middlesex County, Virginia.
The family motto is Ex unitate incrementum, which means “Increate from unity”. The clan’s motto is Sto pro veritate, which means “I stand the truth”.