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


The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The many regional dialects and the predominate illiteracy would have made common surnames appear unrelated to the scribes of the period. Research into the name Kilpatrick revealed spelling variations, including 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 Kilpatrick 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 Kilpatrick History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


In the late 18th century, Irish families began emigrating to North America in the search of a plot of land to call their own. This pattern of emigration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s cause thousands of Irish to flee the death and disease that accompanied the disaster. Those that made it alive to the shores of the United States and British North America (later to become Canada) were, however, instrumental in the development of those two powerful nations. Many of these Irish immigrants proudly bore the name of Kilpatrick:

Kilpatrick Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Kilpatrick, who landed in New England in 1718-1719

Kilpatrick Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Mathew Kilpatrick, aged 16, arrived in Maine in 1812
  • Jas Kilpatrick, aged 34, arrived in South Carolina in 1812
  • James Kilpatrick, aged 29, landed in Maryland in 1813
  • William Kilpatrick, who landed in Somerset County, Pennsylvania in 1828
  • Joseph Kilpatrick, aged 22, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1849

Kilpatrick Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Alexander Kilpatrick, aged 34, who emigrated to America from Donegal, in 1904
  • Cecelia Kilpatrick, aged 28, who landed in America from Blantyre, Scotland, in 1908
  • Cissy Kilpatrick, aged 16, who landed in America from Musselburgh, Scotland, in 1909
  • DeWitt Kilpatrick, aged 7, who landed in America from Musselburgh, Scotland, in 1909
  • Daniel Kilpatrick, aged 6, who emigrated to the United States from Ardersier, Scotland, in 1911


  • Hugh Judson Kilpatrick (1836-1881), American soldier, officer in the Union army during the American Civil War achieving the rank of Brevet Major General, he was later made the United States Minister to Chile
  • Ben Kilpatrick (1877-1912), American outlaw in the Old West, member of Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch gang
  • Carolyn C. Kilpatrick (b. 1945), American politician from Detroit, Michigan
  • James J. Kilpatrick (b. 1920), American columnist and television commentator
  • William H. Kilpatrick (1871-1965), American educator
  • Robert Donald "Patrick" Kilpatrick (b. 1949), American actor who has appeared in over 85 films and television shows
  • Brigadier-General John Reed Kilpatrick (1889-1960), American Commanding General Newport News Port of Embarkation (1942-1945), member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and College Football Hall of Fame
  • Kenneth Dale "K.D." Kilpatrick Sr., (1928-2010), American funeral home owner and Democratic member of the Louisiana State Senate (1972 to 1976)
  • Jimmy Kilpatrick (b. 1985), American professional AHL ice hockey player
  • Kwame Malik Kilpatrick (b. 1970), American politician, 68th Mayor of Detroit (2002-2008)



  • Kilpatrick and Allied Families by Edward Floyd Kilpatrick.

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. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  2. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  3. 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.
  4. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  7. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  9. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  10. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
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The Kilpatrick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kilpatrick 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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