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The Strongbownians added their own naming traditions to the eastern region of Ireland to which they arrived. The impact of this new tradition was not extremely disruptive to the pre-existing Irish tradition because the two had many similarities. Both cultures made significant use of hereditary surnames. And like the Irish, the Strongbownians often used prefixes to build patronymic surnames, which are names based on the given name of the initial bearer's father or another older relative. Strongbow's followers often created names that were built with the prefix Fitz-, which was derived from the French word fils, and ultimately from the Latin filius, both of which mean son. They also used diminutive suffixes such as "-ot," "-et," "-un," "-in," or "-el," and occasionally even two suffixes combined to form a double diminutive such as "-el-in," "-el-ot," "-in-ot," and "-et-in," to build patronymic names. The surname Fitzgerald is derived from the Norman personal name Gerald, which consists of the Germanic elements "geri" or "gari," which mean "spear," and "wald," which means "rule." The name features the distinctive Irish patronymic prefix fitz, which means son of in Anglo-French. This is derived from the Old French word "fils," which ultimately comes from the Latin word "filius." The Gaelic form of the surname Fitzgerald is "Mac Gerailt."

Fitzgerald Early Origins



The surname Fitzgerald was first found in Munster, where they were granted lands by the Earl of Pembroke during his invasion of Ireland in 1172. Otho Geraldino, one of the chief commanders of Williams the Conqueror landed in England at the time of the Conquest and was created a Baron for his efforts. As Norman constable of Pembroke, South Wales, he went into Ireland with Strongbow in the Anglo- Norman invasion. Two generations later, Maurice was the first to use the name Fitzgerald. He was granted lands in Munster in the south of Ireland. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)

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Fitzgerald Spelling Variations


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Fitzgerald Spelling Variations



Church officials and medieval scribes spelled names as they sounded; therefore, single person, could have his name spelt many different ways during their lifetime. While investigating the origins of the name Fitzgerald, many spelling variations were encountered, including: Fitzgerald, Geraldines, Desmond, Gerald, Geralds and others.

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Fitzgerald Early History


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Fitzgerald Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fitzgerald research. Another 663 words (47 lines of text) covering the years 1333, 1411, 1316, 1716, 1513, 1537, 1411, 1809, 1883, 1534, 1612, 1660, 1634, 1664, 1660, 1660 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Fitzgerald History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Fitzgerald Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Fitzgerald Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family up to this time was Gerald Fitzgerald, ninth Earl who was impeached of high treason and died for his causes at the Tower of London 1534; George FitzGerald, 16th Earl of Kildare (1612-1660), known as the "Fairy Earl", for no...

Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fitzgerald Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Ireland went through one of the most devastating periods in its history with the arrival of the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. Many also lost their lives from typhus, fever and dysentery. And poverty was the general rule as tenant farmers were often evicted because they could not pay the high rents. Emigration to North America gave hundreds of families a chance at a life where work, freedom, and land ownership were all possible. For those who made the long journey, it meant hope and survival. The Irish emigration to British North America and the United States opened up the gates of industry, commerce, education and the arts. Early immigration and passenger lists have shown many Irish people bearing the name Fitzgerald:

Fitzgerald Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Redmond Fitzgerald landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Cate Fitzgerald, who landed in Maryland in 1678
  • Luke FitzGerald, who arrived in Maryland in 1678
  • Moriss FitzGerald, who arrived in Maryland in 1678
  • Thomas FitzGerald, who landed in Maryland in 1678

Fitzgerald Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Fitzgerald, who arrived in New England in 1717
  • Patrick Fitzgerald, who landed in New England in 1738
  • Anne Fitzgerald, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Eliza Fitzgerald, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1744
  • William Fitzgerald, who arrived in America in 1760
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fitzgerald Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Morris Fitzgerald, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Robert Fitzgerald, aged 31, landed in Louisiana in 1812
  • John G Fitzgerald, aged 39, landed in Georgia in 1812
  • Mary Fitzgerald, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Matthew Fitzgerald, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fitzgerald Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Margarett Fitzgerald, who landed in Colorado in 1907
  • Edward James Fitzgerald, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1926

Fitzgerald Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Frederick Fitzgerald, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Frederick Fitzgerald, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • James Fitzgerald, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Richard Fitzgerald, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Richard Fitzgerald, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fitzgerald Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mary Fitzgerald, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1811
  • Bridget Fitzgerald, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1816
  • Mary Fitzgerald, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1820
  • John Fitzgerald, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1821
  • James Fitzgerald, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1825
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fitzgerald Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Fitzgerald, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on April 1st, 1822, settling in New South Wales, Austraila
  • Susan Fitzgerald, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on December 14, 1835, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Crofton Fitzgerald arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Hartley" in 1837
  • Margaret Fitzgerald arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1839
  • John Fitzgerald arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Birman" in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Fitzgerald Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • M.A. Fitzgerald landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Oriental
  • Thomas Fitzgerald landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Geo Fife
  • J. P. Fitzgerald, aged 23, a doctor, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • Thomas Henry Fitzgerald, aged 18, a surveyor, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842
  • Emily Fitzgerald arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "George Fyfe" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Fitzgerald (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Fitzgerald (post 1700)



  • Thomas R. Fitzgerald (1941-2015), American jurist, Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court (2008-2010), Member of the Supreme Court of Illinois (2000-2008)
  • Brigadier-General Shepler Ward FitzGerald (1884-1953), American Commandant of Army Air Force Radio School Number 4 (1943-1946)
  • Frances FitzGerald (b. 1940), American journalist and author awarded the 1973 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction
  • Katheryn Vera Fitzgerald (b. 1902), American Democrat politician, Member of New York Democratic State Committee, 1944; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1948, 1956, 1960
  • Kathleen Fitzgerald, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Vermont, 2004
  • Lee Gerald Fitzgerald (1924-1968), American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Genesee County 1st District, 1961-64; Defeated in primary, 1954, 1964, 1968
  • Leo Fitzgerald, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1948, 1964
  • Leo Fitzgerald, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1972
  • M. C. Merni Fitzgerald, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1996
  • M. F. Fitzgerald, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Winchester; Elected 1926
  • ... (Another 179 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Fitzgerald Historic Events


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Fitzgerald Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. H. Fitzgerald, British Seaman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

Flight 191

  • Mrs. S Fitzgerald, American passenger from Los Angeles, California, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Augustine Francis Fitzgerald (1914-1941), Australian Blacksmith 4th Class from Mornington, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Lloyd Gerald Fitzgerald (1916-1941), Australian Acting Supply Petty Officer from Kirribilli, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Joseph V Fitzgerald (b. 1923), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Collyhurst, Manchester, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Gerald Fitzgerald, British Padre, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Michael Fitzgerald, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. John E. Fitzgerald, English Electric Attendant from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Fitzgerald


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Suggested Readings for the name Fitzgerald



  • Proud Shoes: The Story of An American Family by Pauli Murray.
  • The Knights of Glin: A Geraldine Family (also Fitzgerald) by J. Anthony Gaughan.

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Motto


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Motto



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: Crom aboo
Motto Translation: Crom for ever.


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Citations


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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. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  4. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  5. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  7. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  8. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Fitzgerald Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Fitzgerald 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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