Gilroy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Gilroy family

The surname Gilroy was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) 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. [1]

Important Dates for the Gilroy family

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Gilroy Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Gilroy family (pre 1700)

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Gilroy migration to the United States

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
  • John Gilroy, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765 [2]
Gilroy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles Gilroy, aged 19, who landed in New York in 1812 [2]
  • Catherine Gilroy, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1854 [2]
  • Terrence Gilroy, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856 [2]
  • Patrick Gilroy, who arrived in Arkansas in 1860 [2]
  • James Gilroy, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Gilroy Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Annie Gilroy, aged 19, who landed in America from Dromorew, in 1900
  • Anne Gilroy, aged 60, who landed in America from Komanagh, in 1901
  • Agnes Gilroy, aged 27, who landed in America from Cork, in 1903
  • A. John Gilroy, aged 18, who immigrated to the United States from Derrynure, Ireland, in 1906
  • Bartley Gilroy, aged 21, who landed in America from Ballina, Ireland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Gilroy migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gilroy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edward Gilroy, aged 50 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Argyle" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in October 1847 [3]
Gilroy Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Alfred Allison Gilroy, aged 39, who immigrated to Toronto, in 1904

Gilroy migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Gilroy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. George Gilroy, British settler, from Scotland travelling from London aboard the ship "New Great Britain" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 10th August 1863 [4]
  • Miss Catherine Gilroy, British settler, from Scotland travelling from London aboard the ship "New Great Britain" arriving in Bluff, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 10th August 1863 [4]
  • John Gilroy, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
  • Marion Gilroy, aged 19, a domestic servant, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Gilroy (post 1700)

  • Frank Daniel Gilroy (1925-2015), American playwright, screenwriter, and film producer and director, recipient of the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his play, The Subject Was Roses in 1965
  • Anthony Joseph Gilroy (b. 1956), American screenwriter and filmmaker, nominee for an Academy Award
  • Dan Gilroy (b. 1959), American screenwriter
  • Frederick "Freddie" Gilroy (1936-2016), Northern Irish bronze medalist boxer at the 1956 Summer Olympics
  • Keith Gilroy (b. 1983), Irish footballer
  • Thomas Francis Gilroy (1840-1911), Irish born mayor of New York 1893-94
  • Jackie Gilroy (1942-2007), former Gaelic footballer
  • Brigadier Alistair Gilroy (1897-1968), British Commanding Officer 135th Brigade (1945) [5]
  • Cardinal Norman Thomas Gilroy KBE (1896-1977), Australian clergyman
  • Jack Gilroy Dearlove (1911-1967), English bronze medalist rower for Great Britain in the 1948 Summer Olympics, father of Sir Richard Dearlove

Historic Events for the Gilroy family

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Citations

  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  2. ^ 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)
  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. 30)
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 5) Alistair Gilroy. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Gilroy/Alistair/Great_Britain.html
  6. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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