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

Ireland is a Dalriadan-Scottish name, no doubt originally for a person who lived in the region of Ireland. According to tradition, this surname originated when emigrants from Ireland acquired the Norman surnames of de Yrlande and le Ireis. Eventually, some of the descendants of these emigrants returned to the Emerald Isle as strangers. The names went through further changes, first occurring in their modern forms by 1664, in the Hearth Money Rolls for Armagh. The surnames Ireland and Irish were formerly well-known in Couny Kilkenny, but are now primarily found in Ulster. These names provide an interesting example of Hiberno-Norman name formation in that, unlike most Norman names in Ireland, they did not originate with people of Norman stock who then migrated to Ireland. Rather, they originated with Irish migrants who moved to Norman-speaking regions, gained their surnames, and then returned to Ireland.The word Ireland goes back to the Old English Iraland, created using the Celtic Ir.


Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Ireland has appeared in various documents spelled Ireland, Ierland and others.

First found in Stirlingshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


Ireland Early History

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ireland research. Another 311 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1336, 1489, 1524, 1454, 1600, 1636, 1679, 1929, 1624, 1675, 1654 and 1675 are included under the topic Early Ireland History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Ireland Early Notables

Another 103 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ireland Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Ireland In Ireland

Some of the Ireland family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 105 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Ireland family emigrate to North America:

Ireland Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Martha Ireland settled in Boston in 1635 along with Mary, Samuel and Thomas
  • Martha Ireland, aged 1, landed in New England in 1635
  • Samuell Ireland, aged 32, landed in America in 1635
  • Tho Ireland, aged 10, arrived in Bermuda in 1635
  • John Ireland settled in Virginia in 1640

Ireland Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Robt Ireland, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Sarah Ireland, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • George Fredrick Ireland, who arrived in America in 1764
  • Robert Ireland, who landed in New York in 1782

Ireland Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Wallace Ireland, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • James Ireland, who landed in New York in 1826
  • William M Ireland, who arrived in New York in 1835
  • Henry Ireland, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837
  • Richard Ireland, who arrived in Virginia in 1884


  • Kathy Ireland (b. 1963), American model, actress, author, and entrepreneur
  • Kenny Ireland (b. 1947), Scottish director and actor
  • Betty Ireland (b. 1946), American politician, 28th Secretary of State of West Virginia from 2005-2009
  • Alexander Ireland (1901-1966), British welterweight professional boxer
  • Michael "Mike" Ireland (b. 1974), Canadian long track speed skater
  • John Ireland (1879-1962), English composer
  • David Ireland (b. 1927), Australian novelist
  • Jill Dorothy Ireland (1936-1990), English actress, best known for her many films with her second husband, Charles Bronson


  • Genealogies of the Caffey, Isley & Ireland Families by Beatrice M. Caffey.
  • The Irelands in America by Everett B. Ireland.

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: Amor et pax
Motto Translation: Love and peace.


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  2. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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  9. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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The Ireland Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ireland 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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