Show ContentsGuilfoil History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The spelling and overall form of Irish names often vary considerably. The original Gaelic form of the name Guilfoil is Mac Giolla Phoil, denoting the descendant of a follower of St. Paul.

Early Origins of the Guilfoil family

The surname Guilfoil was first found in County Offaly (Irish: Uíbh Fháilí) originally the Kingdom of Uí Failghe, located in central Ireland in the Province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the Guilfoil family

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Guilfoil Spelling Variations

The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The many regional dialects and the predominate illiteracy would have made common surnames appear unrelated to the scribes of the period. Research into the name Guilfoil revealed spelling variations, including Gilfoyle, MacGilfoyle, MacIlfoyle, Guilfoyle and many more.

Early Notables of the Guilfoil family (pre 1700)

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Canada Guilfoil migration to Canada +

Many destitute Irish families in the 18th and 19th centuries decided to leave their homeland, which had in many ways been scarred by English colonial rule. One of the most frequent destinations for these families was North America where it was possible for an Irish family to own their own parcel of land. Many of the early settlers did find land awaiting them in British North America, or even later in America, but for the majority of immigrants that arrived as a result of the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s the ownership of land was often a long way off. These Irish people were initially put to work on such industrial projects as the building of bridges, canals, and railroads, or they worked at manufacturing positions within factories. Whenever they arrived, the Irish made enormous contributions to the infant nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the earliest immigrants to bearer the name of Guilfoil were found through extensive research of immigration and passenger lists:

Guilfoil Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Richard John Guilfoil, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1817

Contemporary Notables of the name Guilfoil (post 1700) +

  • Oscar Daniel Guilfoil Sr. (1863-1955), American politician, Member of the Washington State Senate (1889-1891)
  • Dwight D. Guilfoil Jr. (1922-1989), American businessman and advocate for workers with disabilities, recognized as one of the "Ten Outstanding Young Men of the United States" by the Junior Chamber of Commerce in 1957
  • Thomas Guilfoil, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1956 [1]
  • Ezra Guilfoil, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Mayor of Wyandotte, Michigan, 1901 [1]

  1. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from on Facebook