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

Guilfoyle Early Origins



The surname Guilfoyle 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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Guilfoyle Spelling Variations


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Guilfoyle 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 Guilfoyle revealed spelling variations, including Gilfoyle, MacGilfoyle, MacIlfoyle, Guilfoyle and many more.

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Guilfoyle Early History


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Guilfoyle Early History



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

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Guilfoyle Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Guilfoyle Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Guilfoyle 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



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 Guilfoyle were found through extensive research of immigration and passenger lists:

Guilfoyle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Daniel, John, Michael and William Guilfoyle arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1868

Guilfoyle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ellen Guilfoyle, aged 21, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Europa"
  • Judith Guilfoyle, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"
  • Bridget Guilfoyle, aged 22, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Fitzjames"
  • John Guilfoyle, aged 19, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "General Hewett"
  • Ann Guilfoyle, aged 25, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "General Hewett"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Guilfoyle (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Guilfoyle (post 1700)



  • Richard Thomas Guilfoyle (1892-1957), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, the 3rd Roman Catholic Bishop of Altoona (1936-1957)
  • Kimberly Ann Guilfoyle (b. 1969), American cable news personality, currently one of the co-hosts of the programs The Five and Outnumbered on the Fox News Channel
  • George Henry Guilfoyle (1913-1991), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Camden from 1968 to 1989
  • Monsignor Merlin Joseph Guilfoyle (1908-1981), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Stockton from 1969 to 1979
  • Paul Guilfoyle (1902-1961), American actor, known for his roles in The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Mighty Joe Young (1949) and Apache (1954)
  • Paul Guilfoyle (b. 1949), American Screen Actors Guild Award winning stage, film, and television actor, best known for his role as Captain Jim Brass in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • William A. Guilfoyle, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives, 1917-20; Member of South Dakota State Senate 42nd District, 1921-22
  • Matt Guilfoyle, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1940
  • Martha Guilfoyle, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1920, 1924, 1932
  • Mark A. Guilfoyle, American politician, Mayor of Abilene, Kansas, 1999-2000
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    2. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    7. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    8. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    9. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    10. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
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    The Guilfoyle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Guilfoyle 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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