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The Gilpatrick surname is derived from one of various place names in Scotland. These place names come from the Old Norse "kirkja" which became "kirk" and means "church." Several churches were dedicated to St. Patrick, and then the place names followed from the church names.
The surname Gilpatrick was first found in Dumfriesshire at Closeburn, a civil parish. The surname was derived from a chapel on a farm in the parish that was once dedicated to Saint Patrick. About 1 km east of Closeburn lies Closeburn Castle, a tower house that was the family seat of the Kirkpatrick family until 1783. The first record of the name is of a Sir Roger de Kirkpatrick (born c. 1280), 3rd cousin and associate of Robert the Bruce, 1st cousin of Sir William Wallace who attested a charter by one of the Bruces in the 14th century.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Kilpatrick, Gilpatrick, Patrick, Kirkpatrick and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilpatrick research. Another 419 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1232, 1783, 1296, 1695, 1685 and are included under the topic Early Gilpatrick History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 115 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Gilpatrick Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Gilpatrick family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Gilpatrick Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The Gilpatrick Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gilpatrick 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.
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