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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.

Gilfoyle Early Origins



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.

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Gilfoyle Spelling Variations


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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.

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Gilfoyle Early History


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Gilfoyle Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilfoyle research. Another 190 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1576 is included under the topic Early Gilfoyle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Gilfoyle Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Gilfoyle Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Gilfoyle 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 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
  • 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, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"

Gilfoyle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Rosanna Gilfoyle arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • Bridget Gilfoyle arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865

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Citations



    Other References

    1. 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).
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    3. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    7. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    8. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Gilfoyle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gilfoyle 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.

    This page was last modified on 22 October 2016 at 10:40.

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