The Goldrich surname is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "O Goilin" or "Mag Ualghairg," composed of the elements "mac," meaning "son of," and "Ualgharg," a
(Irish: Liatroim) anciently the western half of the kingdom of Breifne, located in Northeastern
from early times.
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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 Goldrich revealed many variations, including MacGoldrick, MacGolrick, MacGoldrich and others.
During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families
made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Goldrich family in North America: Andrew, Daniel, Edward, John, Martin, Michael, Owen, Peter, Thomas, William MacGoldrick, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860; Michael and Patrick Golrick settled in Philadelphia in 1756.