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Where did the Irish Gilroy family come from? What is the Irish Gilroy family crest and coat of arms? When did the Gilroy family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Gilroy family history?The name Gilroy has seen many modifications since the time in which it was first devised. In Gaelic it appeared as Mac Giolla Rua, which means son of the red-haired youth.
The scribes and church officials of the Middle Ages who recorded names in official documents spelled the names as they sounded. This led to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations and thus resembling more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Gilroy that are preserved in archival documents of this era include Gilroy, Kilroy, MacGilroy, MacElroy, MacGreevy, Greevy, MacGilrea, McGilroy, McElroy, McGreevy, McGilrea, MacIlrea, McIlrea, Magilroy, Magilrea, MacElry, McElry, MacIlree and many more.
First found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they were the Chiefs of Clonderlaw, conjecturally descended from Tiobraid, son of Iral Glunmhar, King of Ulster. 
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gilroy research. Another 295 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1376, 1638 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Gilroy History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Gilroy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Irish emigration to North America began modestly in the late 18th century. At this time, Irish families made the journey to British North America and the United States by choice and after careful consideration: they were primarily in search of a suitably large stretch of land to call their own. This pattern would change most dramatically during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For example, the years 1825-1845 saw approximately 450,000 heading to British North America and 400,000 to the United States, but in 1847, at the height of the famine, it is estimated that more than 104,000 Irish immigrants went to British North America and more than 119,000 to the United States. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Gilroy:
Gilroy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Gilroy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Gilroy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Gilroy Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
Gilroy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Gilroy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Gilroy 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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