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Early Origins of the Kildare family


The surname Kildare was first found in Kildare (Irish:Cill Dara), ancient homeland of the Kildare based Uí Dúnlainge (Kings of Leinster), located in the Province of Leinster, where they held a family seat as and descended from the Fitzgeralds of Kildare. This notable Irish clann were descended from Robert Fitzwalter, son of Baron Ortho Geraldino, who attended Strongbow in his invasions of Ireland. The Fitzgeralds divided into two main branches, that of Kildare and the more populous Desmond branch which gave birth to the Earls of Desmond. Irish history, after the Norman Conquest of England, was strongly influenced by the invasion of Strongbow in 1169 onward, almost equal to the enormous Irish cultural impact on England Scotland, Wales and the whole of Europe before the Norman Conquest from the 1st to 7th centuries. Many Irish clanns, sept names were intermixed and family groupings became almost indistinguishable. This family name was found later in Kildare where they represented the first recorded reference to the name.

Early History of the Kildare family


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Kildare Spelling Variations


Spelling variations of this family name include: Kildare, Gildare, O' Kildare and others.

Early Notables of the Kildare family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Kildare family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kildare Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Kildare, who settled in New York in 1866
  • Mary Ann Kildare, who settled in New York in 1866

Kildare Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Matthew Kildare, who arrived in Montreal in 1846

Contemporary Notables of the name Kildare (post 1700)


  • Kildare Robert Eric Dobbs CM OOnt (1923-2013), Canadian short story and travel writer

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