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Where did the Irish Fitzpatrick family come from? What is the Irish Fitzpatrick family crest and coat of arms? When did the Fitzpatrick family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Fitzpatrick family history?

Most of the old Irish surnames that can be found throughout the world today have their roots in the Gaelic language. The original Gaelic form of the name Fitzpatrick is Mac Giolla Phadraig, denoting a devotee of St. Patrick. This is the only native-Irish surname with the prefix "Fitz", as all others descend from the Normans.[1]


Individual scribes in the Ireland during the Middle Ages would often record a person's name various ways. How the name was recorded depended on what that particular scribe believed the proper spelling for the name pronounced to him was. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Fitzpatrick family name include Fitzpatrick, Fitzpatricks, Kilpatrick, Shera, Sherar, Sherra, Patchy, Patchie, Parogan, Parrican, Fitz, MacGilpatrick, McGilpatrick, MacIlpatrick, McIlpatrick, MacSherra, McSherra, McShera, MacShera, Sheera, McSheera and many more.

First found in Ossory (Irish: Osraige), the former Kingdom of Ossory, now county Kilkenny, located in Southeastern Ireland in the province of Leinster, where they were the traditional Princes of Ossary, claiming descent from the O'Connors[2] and Giolla Padraig, a warlike chief in Ossary who lived in the second half of the 10th century. [1]


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fitzpatrick research. Another 243 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1558, 1774, 1558, 1585, 1652, 1830 and 1895 are included under the topic Early Fitzpatrick History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 63 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fitzpatrick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish migrating out of their homeland in a great measure due to the oppressive imperial policies of the English government and landowners. Many of these Irish families sailed to North America aboard overcrowded passenger ships. By far, the largest influx of Irish immigrants to North America occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These particular immigrants were instrumental in creation of the United States and Canada as major industrial nations because the many essential elements such as the roadways, canals, bridges, and railways required an enormous quantity of cheap labor, which these poor immigrants provided. Later generations of Irish in these countries also went on to make valuable contributions in such fields as the arts, commerce, politics, and education. Extensive research into immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Fitzpatrick:

Fitzpatrick Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Griz L Fitzpatrick, who arrived in Maryland in 1678

Fitzpatrick Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • George Fitzpatrick, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765
  • John and Edward Fitzpatrick landed in Virginia in 1774
  • John Fitzpatrick, who landed in Delaware in 1778
  • James FitzPatrick, aged 45, arrived in New York in 1799

Fitzpatrick Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander, Andrew, Barney, Bernard, Cornelius, Daniel, Edward, Francis, George, Hugh, James, John, Michael, Patrick and William Fitzpatrick settled in Pennsylvania in the 1800's
  • Betty Fitzpatrick settled in Charlestown Massachusetts in 1803
  • Betty Fitzpatrick, aged 26, arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1803
  • Barnard Fitzpatrick, who arrived in America in 1803
  • Robert Fitzpatrick, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803


  • Thomas Fitzpatrick (d. 1854), Irish born, famed American trapper, fur trader, and guide
  • James A. Fitzpatrick (1894-1980), American movie producer and narrator
  • General Richard FitzPatrick (1748-1813), Anglo-Irish soldier who served in Philadelphia Campaign during the American War of Independence
  • Thomas Benjamin Fitzpatrick (1896-1974), American politician, 26th Governor of American Samoa
  • William Fitzpatrick (1830-1895), Irish historian and biographer
  • Francis Fitzpatrick VC (1859-1933), Irish soldier, recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • John FitzPatrick (1719-1758), 1st Earl of Upper Ossory
  • John FitzPatrick (1745-1818), Lord Gowran, 2nd Earl of Upper Ossory
  • Benjamin Fitzpatrick (1802-1869), American politician, Governor of Alabama (1841-45)
  • Sir Charles Fitzpatrick (1853-1942), Canadian judge and politician, knighted in 1907



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Ceart laidir a boo
Motto Translation: Might is Right


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  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  2. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)

Other References

  1. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  2. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  3. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  11. ...

The Fitzpatrick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fitzpatrick Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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