Kilfoyle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the Kilfoyle family

The surname Kilfoyle 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.

Important Dates for the Kilfoyle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kilfoyle research. Another 56 words (4 lines of text) covering the year 1576 is included under the topic Early Kilfoyle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kilfoyle Spelling Variations

The search for the origins of the name Kilfoyle family name revealed numerous spelling variations. These variants can be somewhat accounted for when it is realized that before widespread literacy people only recognized their name by pronunciation; it was up to scribes to decide how it was to be formally recorded. Variations found include Gilfoyle, MacGilfoyle, MacIlfoyle, Guilfoyle and many more.

Early Notables of the Kilfoyle family (pre 1700)

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Kilfoyle migration to the United States

A massive wave of Irish immigrants hit North America during the 19th century. Although many early Irish immigrants made a carefully planned decision to leave left Ireland for the promise of free land, by the 1840s immigrants were fleeing a famine stricken land in desperation. The condition of Ireland during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s can be attributed to a rapidly expanding population and English imperial policies. Those Irish families that arrived in North America were essential to its rapid social, industrial, and economic development. Passenger and immigration lists have revealed a number of early Irish immigrants bearing the name Kilfoyle:

Kilfoyle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peter Kilfoyle, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Mary Kilfoyle, aged 20, who landed in America from Witton Park, in 1892
Kilfoyle Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Sarah Kilfoyle, aged 25, who landed in America from Ballyhannis, Ireland, in 1900
  • Delia Kilfoyle, aged 17, who settled in America from Ballyhannis, in 1903
  • Katie Kilfoyle, aged 26, who landed in America from Cooloughey, in 1904
  • Mary Kilfoyle, aged 17, who immigrated to America from Ballyhannis, in 1904
  • Bridget Kilfoyle, aged 20, who immigrated to the United States from Glandore Tulla Co Cavan, in 1905
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Kilfoyle migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kilfoyle Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Wilson Kilfoyle, aged 60, who immigrated to Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada, in 1924

Kilfoyle migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Kilfoyle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Michael Kilfoyle, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Mr. Michael Kilfoyle, (b. 1803), aged , Irish settler arriving as Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [2]
  • Mrs. Catherine Kilfoyle Née Nolan, British settler travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [2]
  • Mr. Francis Kilfoyle, (b. 1832), aged 15, British settler born in Grenada travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kilfoyle (post 1700)

  • Kathleen Kilfoyle, American actress of the 1920s
  • Peter Kilfoyle (b. 1946), English politician for Liverpool Walton
  • B. Kilfoyle, Australian physicist at Mawson Station in 1966, eponym of Kilfoyle Nunataks, Antarctica
  • John Augustus Charles "Jack" Kilfoyle (1893-1962), Australian pastoralist on a medium-sized property of 734,000 acres from Palmerston, Northern Territory
  • Peter Kilfoyle (b. 1946), British Labour Party politician, Member of Parliament for Liverpool Walton from 1991 to 2010

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Citations

  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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