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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 surname Gilroy was 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
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.
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
- John Gilroy, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1765
Gilroy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Charles Gilroy, aged 19, landed in New York in 1812
- Catherine Gilroy, aged 21, arrived in New York in 1854
- Terrence Gilroy, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1856
- Patrick Gilroy, who arrived in Arkansas in 1860
- James Gilroy, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1864
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 emigrated to the United States from Derrynure, Ireland, in 1906
- Bartley Gilroy, aged 21, who landed in America from Ballina, Ireland, in 1907
Gilroy Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
- Alfred Allison Gilroy, aged 39, who emigrated to Toronto, in 1904
Gilroy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Gilroy, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
- Marion Gilroy, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
- 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
- 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
- Freddie Gilroy (b. 1936), Irish Olympic boxer
- Mr. Charles Stuart Gilroy (d. 1915), English Second Waiter from Bootle, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
- Brigadier Alistair Gilroy (1897-1968), British Commanding Officer 135th Brigade (1945)
- Cardinal Norman Thomas Gilroy KBE (1896-1977), Australian clergyman
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- Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
- Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
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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