McIlwrick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

All Irish surnames have underlying meanings that can be traced back to their fullest points when the names first appeared in a Gaelic form. The name McIlwrick originally appeared in Gaelic as Mac Graith or Mag Raith; these are both derived from the personal name Craith.

Early Origins of the McIlwrick family

The surname McIlwrick was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the McIlwrick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McIlwrick research. Another 87 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1600, 1650, 1523 and 1622 are included under the topic Early McIlwrick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McIlwrick Spelling Variations

The scribes who created documents long before either the Gaelic or English language resembled their standardized versions of today recorded words as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages the names of many people were recorded under different spellings each time they were written down. Research on the McIlwrick family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including MacGrath, MacGraw, MacGrauth, Magrath, Magraw and many more.

Early Notables of the McIlwrick family (pre 1700)

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McIlwrick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McIlwrick migration to the United States

Many Irish families boarded ships bound for North America in the middle of 19th century to escape the conditions of poverty and racial discrimination . Although these immigrants often arrived in a destitute state, they went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. An inquiry into many immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants to North America bearing the McIlwrick family name:

McIlwrick Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Helen M. McIlwrick, aged 60, who arrived in New York in 1903 aboard the ship "Etruria" from Liverpool, England [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name McIlwrick (post 1700)

  • Matt McIlwrick (b. 1991), New Zealand professional rugby league footballer from Christchurch

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  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch ( : 6 December 2014), Helen M. McIlwrick, 05 Sep 1903; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Etruria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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