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

Guilfoile Early Origins



The surname Guilfoile 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.

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Guilfoile Spelling Variations


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Guilfoile Spelling Variations



Names written in official documents were generally spelt as they sounded, leading to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion in records of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Guilfoile that are preserved in documents of the family history are Gilfoyle, MacGilfoyle, MacIlfoyle, Guilfoyle and many more.

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Guilfoile Early History


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Guilfoile Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Guilfoile research. Another 190 words (14 lines of text) covering the year 1576 is included under the topic Early Guilfoile History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Guilfoile Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Guilfoile Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Guilfoile Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish migrating out of their homeland in a great measure due to the oppressive imperial policies of the English government and landowners. Many of these Irish families sailed to North America aboard overcrowded passenger ships. By far, the largest influx of Irish immigrants to North America occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These particular immigrants were instrumental in creation of the United States and Canada as major industrial nations because the many essential elements such as the roadways, canals, bridges, and railways required an enormous quantity of cheap labor, which these poor immigrants provided. Later generations of Irish in these countries also went on to make valuable contributions in such fields as the arts, commerce, politics, and education. Extensive research into immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Guilfoile: Michael Gilfoyle who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1872; Michael Gilfoil settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1852; followed by John Gilfoil in 1858.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Guilfoile (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Guilfoile (post 1700)



  • Kevin Guilfoile (b. 1968), American novelist, essayist and humorist
  • Francis P. Guilfoile, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Waterbury, Connecticut, 1922-29; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1928

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    3. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    4. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    8. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    9. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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    The Guilfoile Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Guilfoile 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.

    This page was last modified on 20 January 2016 at 10:39.

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