Gilmartin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic form of Gilmartin was Mac Giolla Mhartain. This name denotes a devotee of St. Martin. This saint founded the first monastery in France c. 360 and was made Bishop of Tours in 372. He is the patron saint of publicans and inn-keepers and is also a patron saint of France.

Early Origins of the Gilmartin family

The surname Gilmartin was first found in County Galway (Irish: Gaillimh) part of the province of Connacht, located on the west coast of the Island, where they had been granted lands by Strongbow after the Norman invasion of Ireland in 1172, and became one of the "Tribes of Galway." Kilmartin is a small village in Argyll and Bute, in western Scotland. It is best known as the center of Kilmartin Glen, one of the best examples of standing stones in Scotland. Kilmartin Castle, a small tower house, dating from about 1580, stands above the village and was the property of the Campbells.

Important Dates for the Gilmartin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilmartin research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1652, 1722, 1600 and 1648 are included under the topic Early Gilmartin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gilmartin Spelling Variations

Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Gilmartin revealed many variations, including Gilmartin, Kilmartin, MacKilmartin, MacGilmartin and many more.

Early Notables of the Gilmartin family (pre 1700)

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Gilmartin migration to the United States

Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Gilmartin:

Gilmartin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Francis Gilmartin, who settled in New York State in 1795
Gilmartin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Pat Gilmartin, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • Dan] Gilmartin, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [1]
  • Daniel and Pat Gilmartin who arrived in New York State in 1803
  • John Gilmartin, aged 25, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Patrick Gilmartin, aged 27, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Gilmartin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Bridget Gilmartin, aged 20, who landed in America from Sligo, in 1900
  • Bridget Gilmartin, aged 22, who immigrated to the United States from Leitrim, in 1901
  • Annie Gilmartin, aged 26, who settled in America from Killala, Ireland, in 1908
  • Annie Gilmartin, aged 19, who landed in America from Sligo, Ireland, in 1908
  • Bridget Gilmartin, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Aughaeathel, Ireland, in 1908
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gilmartin migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gilmartin Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Peggy Gilmartin, aged 23, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Mary Gilmartin, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • Mr. Patrick Gilmartin, aged 40 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Numa" departing from the port of Sligo, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [2]
  • Mr. Michael Gilmartin, aged 65 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Numa" departing 2nd June 1847 from Sligo, Ireland; the ship arrived on 27th July 1847 but he died on board [3]
  • Mrs. Nancy Gilmartin, aged 80 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Charles Walton" departing 24th June 1847 from Killala, Ireland; the ship arrived on 5th August 1847 but she died on board [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gilmartin (post 1700)

  • Mike Gilmartin (b. 1986), American football offensive lineman
  • Sean P. Gilmartin (b. 1990), American Major League Baseball pitcher for the Minnesota Twins
  • Paul Gilmartin (b. 1963), American stand up comedian and television personality, best known as the longtime host of TBS's Dinner and a Movie
  • Brian G. Gilmartin (b. 1940), American behavioral scientist, professor of psychology, and author of books and articles
  • Tom Gilmartin, American politician, Member of the Ohio House of Representatives (1976-1986)
  • Raymond V Gilmartin (b. 1941), American businessman and Professor at the Harvard Business School, one time CEO of Merck & Co
  • David Gilmartin, Professor in the department of History at Duke University, North Carolina
  • Liam Gilmartin (1921-2019), Irish Gaelic footballer who played for Roscommon (1939 to 1945)
  • The Most Reverend Thomas Gilmartin (1861-1939), Irish clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Rene Patrick Gilmartin (b. 1987), Irish footballer, member of the Irish National Team (2006-2007)
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 30)
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 77)
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