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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.
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, where they were the traditional Princes of Ossary, claiming descent from the O'Connors and Giolla Padraig, a warlike chief in Ossary who lived in the second half of the 10th century. 
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
Fitzpatrick Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Fitzpatrick Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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
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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