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Gilfoil History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The spelling and overall form of Irish names often vary considerably. The original Gaelic form of the name Gilfoil is Mac Giolla Phoil, denoting the descendant of a follower of St. Paul.

Early Origins of the Gilfoil family


The surname Gilfoil was first found in County Offaly (Irish: Uíbh Fháilí) originally the Kingdom of Uí Failghe, located in central Ireland in the Province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Gilfoil family


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Gilfoil Spelling Variations


The archives that survive today demonstrate the difficulty experienced by the scribes of this period in their attempts to record these names in writing. Spelling variations of the name Gilfoil dating from that time include Gilfoyle, MacGilfoyle, MacIlfoyle, Guilfoyle and many more.

Early Notables of the Gilfoil family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Gilfoil family to the New World and Oceana


Thousands of Irish left in their homeland in the 18th and 19th centuries to escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, and in the search of a plot of land to call their own. These immigrants arrived at the eastern shores of North America, early on settling and breaking the land, and, later, building the bridges, canals, and railroads essential to the emerging nations of United States and Canada. Many others would toil for low wages in the dangerous factories of the day. Although there had been a steady migration of Irish to North America over these years, the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Gilfoil or a variant listed above:

Gilfoil Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Gilfoil, who settled in Philadelphia in 1852
  • John Gilfoil, who settled in Philadelphia in 1858
  • Thomas Gilfoil, aged 24, originally from Liverpool, who arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Nomadic" from Liverpool, England [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6PN-JZL : 6 December 2014), Thos Gilfoil, 05 Apr 1892; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Nomadic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • H. Gilfoil, aged 31, who arrived in New York City in 1894 aboard the ship "Majestic (1890)" from Liverpool & Queenstown [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX9F-HW5 : 6 December 2014), H. Gilfoil, 05 Jul 1894; citing departure port Liverpool & Queenstown, arrival port New York City, ship name Majestic (1890), NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Gilfoil Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Frances Gilfoil, aged 18, who arrived in New York in 1917 aboard the ship "Havana" from Havana, Cuba [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJH1-WX7 : 6 December 2014), Frances Gilfoil, 16 Jan 1917; citing departure port Havana, arrival port New York, ship name Havana, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Gilfoil Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Sarah Gilfoil, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • William Gilfoil, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1838

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Citations


  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6PN-JZL : 6 December 2014), Thos Gilfoil, 05 Apr 1892; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Nomadic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX9F-HW5 : 6 December 2014), H. Gilfoil, 05 Jul 1894; citing departure port Liverpool & Queenstown, arrival port New York City, ship name Majestic (1890), NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJH1-WX7 : 6 December 2014), Frances Gilfoil, 16 Jan 1917; citing departure port Havana, arrival port New York, ship name Havana, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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