Kilday History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Kilday family

The surname Kilday 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.

Important Dates for the Kilday family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kilday research. Another 112 words (8 lines of text) covering the year 1637 is included under the topic Early Kilday History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kilday Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Kilday family (pre 1700)

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Kilday migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kilday Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Elenor Kilday, who arrived in New York in 1831
  • Edward Kilday, who arrived in Boston in 1863
  • Frank Kilday, who settled in Philadelphia in 1880
  • John Kilday, aged 32, who arrived in America, in 1892
  • Mary Kilday, aged 25, who arrived in America from Donegal, in 1894
Kilday Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Walter Kilday, aged 24, who arrived in America, in 1905
  • William Kilday, aged 36, who arrived in America from Dundee, Scotland, in 1907
  • Sarah Kilday, aged 10, who arrived in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • Maggie M. Hch Kilday, aged 11, who arrived in America from Lunden Links, Scotland, in 1909
  • Mary Kilday, aged 23, who arrived in America from Kilear, Ireland, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kilday migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kilday Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Kilday, English convict from Halifax, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]
  • Patrick Kilday, aged 22, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Osceola" [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kilday (post 1700)

  • Paul Joseph Kilday (1900-1968), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas (1939-1961)
  • Lee Kilday (b. 1992), Scottish professional footballer

Citations

  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) OSCEOLA / ASCEOLA 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Osceola-Asceola.htm
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