The surname Kilfeather comes from the Irish Mac Giolla Pheadir, meaning son of the servant or devotee of St. Peter.
Early Origins of the Kilfeather family
The surname Kilfeather was first found in County Sligo
(Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht
in Northwestern Ireland
, which is the homeland of the sept.
Early History of the Kilfeather family
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Kilfeather Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Kilfedder, Mac Kilfedder, Kilfeather, Kilfeder, Filfether, Gilfeather and many more.
Early Notables of the Kilfeather family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kilfeather family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Kilfeather Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Kilfeather, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1812
- John Kilfeather, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- James Kilfeather and his family, who went to New York in 1847
- Thomas Kilfeather and his wife Margaret, who immigrated to New York in 1859
- Ann and Bridget Kilfeather, who arrived in New York in 1864
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Kilfeather Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Robert, Ann, and Mary Kilfeather, who, who sailed to Quebec in 1851
- Bridget Kilfeather, who immigrated to Saint John, New Brunswick in 1854
Contemporary Notables of the name Kilfeather (post 1700)
- Edward Vincent "Eddie" Kilfeather (1900-1950), American musical composer, known for his work on Dog, Cat, and Canary (1945), Sadie Hawkins Day (1944) and Porkuliar Piggy (1944)
- Andrea Kelly Kilfeather (b. 1979), Irish pop singer, founding member of Irish girl group Bellefire
The Kilfeather Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Virtute et claritate
Motto Translation: By virtue and clearness.