Gilfedder History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Gilfedder comes from the Irish Mac Giolla Pheadir, meaning son of the servant or devotee of St. Peter.

Early Origins of the Gilfedder family

The surname Gilfedder was first found in County Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, which is the homeland of the sept.

Early History of the Gilfedder family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilfedder research. More information is included under the topic Early Gilfedder History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gilfedder Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kilfedder, Mac Kilfedder, Kilfeather, Kilfeder, Filfether, Gilfeather and many more.

Early Notables of the Gilfedder family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Gilfedder family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Kilfeather, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1812; Robert, Ann, and Mary Kilfeather, who sailed to Quebec in 1851; Bridget Kilfeather, who immigrated to St. John, New Brunswick in 1854.


Contemporary Notables of the name Gilfedder (post 1700) +

  • Michael Gilfedder (1866-1934), New Zealand politician, represented the Southland electorate of Wallace (1896 to 1902)
  • Lawrence "Laurie" 'Gilly' Gilfedder (b. 1935), English former professional rugby league footballer


The Gilfedder 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: Virtute et claritate
Motto Translation: By virtue and clearness.


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