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The name Gilroy has seen many modifications since the time in which it was first devised. In Gaelic it appeared as Mac Giolla Rua, which means son of the red-haired youth.

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The surname Gilroy was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they were the Chiefs of Clonderlaw, conjecturally descended from Tiobraid, son of Iral Glunmhar, King of Ulster. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)

In the Middle Ages, a name was often recorded under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer. Literacy was rare at that time and none of the languages to be found in the British Isles had achieved any great semblance of standardization. Variations of the name Gilroy found include Gilroy, Kilroy, MacGilroy, MacElroy, MacGreevy, Greevy, MacGilrea, McGilroy, McElroy, McGreevy, McGilrea, MacIlrea, McIlrea, Magilroy, Magilrea, MacElry, McElry, MacIlree and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilroy research. Another 295 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1376, 1638 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Gilroy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Gilroy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Irish families began to migrate to North America in the late 18th century in the hopes of gaining their own plot of land. The majority of these early immigrant families were relatively well off because the transatlantic passage was costly. As a result the decision to immigrate was carefully made. Those immigrants that arrived in the late 1840s differed because their decision to leave was in direct response to the Great Potato Famine. Many of the families that crossed the Atlantic during this decade were destitute, either having spent all they had on the fare or even starting with nothing, but being sponsored by a philanthropic society. Whenever, these Irish families came to North America, they were made great contributions to the developing nations of the United States and what would come to be known as Canada: the earlier settlers as land clearing homesteaders, and the later immigrants as the muscle that would build the industries and routes of transportation so critical to a powerful nation. Research into the passenger and immigration lists has shown many early and significant Irish immigrants bearing the name Gilroy:

Gilroy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Gilroy, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765

Gilroy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Gilroy, aged 19, landed in New York in 1812
  • Catherine Gilroy, aged 21, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Terrence Gilroy, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
  • Patrick Gilroy, who arrived in Arkansas in 1860
  • James Gilroy, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1864
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Gilroy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Annie Gilroy, aged 19, who landed in America from Dromorew, in 1900
  • Anne Gilroy, aged 60, who landed in America from Komanagh, in 1901
  • Agnes Gilroy, aged 27, who landed in America from Cork, in 1903
  • A. John Gilroy, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Derrynure, Ireland, in 1906
  • Bartley Gilroy, aged 21, who landed in America from Ballina, Ireland, in 1907
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Gilroy Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Alfred Allison Gilroy, aged 39, who emigrated to Toronto, in 1904

Gilroy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Gilroy, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
  • Marion Gilroy, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
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  • Frank Daniel Gilroy (1925-2015), American playwright, screenwriter, and film producer and director, recipient of the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play, The Subject Was Roses in 1965
  • Anthony Joseph Gilroy (b. 1956), American screenwriter and filmmaker, nominee for an Academy Award
  • Dan Gilroy (b. 1959), American screenwriter
  • Frederick "Freddie" Gilroy (1936-2016), Northern Irish bronze medalist boxer at the 1956 Summer Olympics
  • Keith Gilroy (b. 1983), Irish footballer
  • Thomas Francis Gilroy (1840-1911), Irish born mayor of New York 1893-94
  • Jackie Gilroy (1942-2007), former Gaelic footballer
  • Brigadier Alistair Gilroy (1897-1968), British Commanding Officer 135th Brigade (1945)
  • Cardinal Norman Thomas Gilroy KBE (1896-1977), Australian clergyman
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Gilroy Historic Events



RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Charles Stuart Gilroy, English Second Waiter from Bootle, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
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Citations



  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)

Other References

  1. 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.
  2. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  3. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  6. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  7. 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.
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  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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