The spelling and overall form of Irish names often vary considerably. The original Gaelic form of the name Gilfoyle is Mac Giolla Phoil, denoting the descendant of a follower of St. Paul.
Early Origins of the Gilfoyle family
The surname Gilfoyle 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 Gilfoyle family
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Gilfoyle Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Gilfoyle family name revealed numerous spelling variations
, including Gilfoyle, MacGilfoyle, MacIlfoyle, Guilfoyle and many more.
Early Notables of the Gilfoyle family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gilfoyle family to the New World and Oceana
saw an enormous decrease in its population in the 19th century due to immigration and death. This pattern of immigration began slowly in the late 18th century and gradually grew throughout the early portion of the 19th century. However, a dramatic increase in the country's immigration numbers occurred when the Great Potato Famine
struck in the 1840s. The early immigrants to North America were primarily destined to be farmers tending to their own plot of land, those that came later initially settled within pre-established urban centers. These urban immigrants provided the cheap labor that the fast developing United States and soon to be Canada required. Regardless of their new lifestyle in North America, the Irish immigrants to the United States and Canada made invaluable contributions to their newly adopted societies. An investigation of immigrant and passenger lists revealed many Gilfoyles:
Gilfoyle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Patrick Gilfoyle, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1851 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
- Michael Gilfoyle who settled in Philadelphia in 1872
Gilfoyle Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Bridget Gilfoyle, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1835
- John Gilfoyle, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
- Thomas Gilfoyle, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1843
Gilfoyle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Gilfoyle, aged 18, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"
Gilfoyle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Rosanna Gilfoyle, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
- Bridget Gilfoyle, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865