Fitzpatrick History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.[1]

Early Origins of the Fitzpatrick family

The surname Fitzpatrick was first found in Ossory (Irish: Osraige), the former Kingdom of Ossory, now county Kilkenny, located in Southeastern Ireland in the province of Leinster, where they were the traditional Princes of Ossary, claiming descent from the O'Connors [2] and Giolla Padraig, a warlike chief in Ossary who lived in the second half of the 10th century. [1]

Early History of the Fitzpatrick family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fitzpatrick research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1558, 1774, 1535, 1581, 1558, 1585, 1652, 1727 and 1612 are included under the topic Early Fitzpatrick History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fitzpatrick Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Fitzpatrick family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Sir Barnaby Fitzpatrick, (1535?-1581), one of the first to submit to Henry VII and was knighted for his allegiance in 1558. He was the son and heir of Brian Fitzpatrick or MacGillapatrick, first lord...
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Fitzpatrick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Fitzpatrick World Ranking

In the United States, the name Fitzpatrick is the 890th most popular surname with an estimated 32,331 people with that name. [3] However, in Canada, the name Fitzpatrick is ranked the 745th most popular surname with an estimated 7,187 people with that name. [4] And in Australia, the name Fitzpatrick is the 320th popular surname with an estimated 11,087 people with that name. [5] New Zealand ranks Fitzpatrick as 694th with 1,025 people. [6] The United Kingdom ranks Fitzpatrick as 518th with 12,664 people. [7]


United States Fitzpatrick migration to the United States +

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 United States in the 17th Century
  • Griz L Fitzpatrick, who arrived in Maryland in 1678 [8]
Fitzpatrick Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • George Fitzpatrick, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765 [8]
  • John and Edward Fitzpatrick, who landed in Virginia in 1774
  • John Fitzpatrick, who landed in Delaware in 1778 [8]
  • James FitzPatrick, aged 45, who arrived in New York in 1799 [8]
Fitzpatrick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander, Andrew, Barney, Bernard, Cornelius, Daniel, Edward, Francis, George, Hugh, James, John, Michael, Patrick and William Fitzpatrick, who settled in Pennsylvania in the 1800's
  • Betty Fitzpatrick, who settled in Charlestown Massachusetts in 1803
  • Betty Fitzpatrick, aged 26, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1803 [8]
  • Barnard Fitzpatrick, who arrived in America in 1803 [8]
  • Robert Fitzpatrick, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Fitzpatrick migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Fitzpatrick Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Fitzpatrick, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Terrence FitzPatrick, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Thomas Fitzpatrick, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1750
  • James Fitzpatrick, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1750
  • James FitzPatrick, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Fitzpatrick Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Fitzpatrick, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1820
  • John Fitzpatrick, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1822
  • James Fitzpatrick, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1827
  • Patrick Fitzpatrick, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1828
  • Martin Fitzpatrick, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Fitzpatrick migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Fitzpatrick Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Fitzpatrick, (b. 1767), aged 34, Irish convict who was convicted in Kilkenny, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Miss. Mary Fitzpatrick, (b. 1784), aged 17, Irish convict who was convicted in Waterford, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Mr. James Fitzpatrick, Canadian covict who was convicted in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • Martin Fitzpatrick, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • Mr. Daniel Fitzpatrick, English shoe maker who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for life for robbery, transported aboard the "Dromedary" on 11th September 1819, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Fitzpatrick migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Fitzpatrick Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Fitzpatrick, Australian settler travelling from Port Phillip Bay, Victoria aboard the ship "Earl Stanhope" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 [12]
  • James Fitzpatrick, aged 24, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Agnes Fitzpatrick, aged 22, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Mary Ann Fitzpatrick, aged 1, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • Hugh Fitzpatrick, aged 17, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jane Gifford" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Fitzpatrick (post 1700) +

  • Thomas Benjamin Fitzpatrick (1896-1974), American politician, 26th Governor of American Samoa
  • General Richard FitzPatrick (1748-1813), Anglo-Irish soldier who served in Philadelphia Campaign during the American War of Independence
  • James A. Fitzpatrick (1894-1980), American movie producer and narrator
  • Thomas Fitzpatrick (d. 1854), Irish born, famed American trapper, fur trader, and guide
  • Carmella Fitzpatrick, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 2008 [13]
  • Bourke D. Fitzpatrick, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1950, 1952 [13]
  • Benjamin Fitzpatrick (1802-1869), American Democratic Party politician, Governor of Alabama, 1841-45; U.S. Senator from Alabama, 1848-49, 1853-55, 1855-61; Nominee for Vice President of the United States 1860 [13]
  • Ben Fitzpatrick, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1892 [13]
  • Barry J. Fitzpatrick, American politician, Representative from New Jersey 11th District, 1992 [13]
  • Al Fitzpatrick, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 2008 [13]
  • ... (Another 94 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Alexander Fitzpatrick, British Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [14]
  • Mr. John Fitzpatrick, British Seaman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [14]
Grover Shoe factory
  • Miss Mary Fitzpatrick, American employee of the Grover Shoe factory in Brockton, Massachusetts on 20th March 1905 when the boiler exploded and collapsed the wooden building; she died [15]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Bernard Fitzpatrick, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [16]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Cecil William Fitzpatrick, aged 21, English Mess Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on collapsible B [17]
SS Caribou
  • Miss Bridget Fitzpatrick (b. 1882), (b. 1882), Newfoundland crew member from Newfoundland and Labrador was travelling aboard the railway ferry "SS Caribou" when it was struck by a German submarine torpedo on 14th October 1942, the most significant sinking in Canadian waters at that time, she died in the sinking
SS Southern Cross
  • Mr. James Fitzpatrick (1892-1914), Newfoundlander from Carbonear who was aboard the "SS Southern Cross" when it is suspected she sank between the 31st March 1914 and early April during the storm with a heavy load of pelts; no survivors were ever found


The Fitzpatrick 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: Ceart laidir a boo
Motto Translation: Might is Right


  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  2. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  4. ^ https://forebears.io/surnames/
  5. ^ https://forebears.io/australia/surnames
  6. ^ https://forebears.io/new-zealand/surnames
  7. ^ https://www.surnamemap.eu/unitedkingdom/surnames_ranking.php?p=10
  8. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  10. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  11. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th July 2021). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/dromedary
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 1) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  14. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  15. ^ California Digital Newspaper from 21st March 1905 (retrieved on 5th August 2021.) Retrieved from https://cdnc.ucr.edu/?a=d&d=SFC19050321.2.19&e=-------en--20--1--txt-txIN--------1
  16. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  17. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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