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The name Kilroy has seen many modifications since the time in which it was first devised. In Gaelic it appeared as Mac Giolla Rua, which means son of the red-haired youth.

Kilroy Early Origins



The surname Kilroy was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clįr) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster, where they were the Chiefs of Clonderlaw, conjecturally descended from Tiobraid, son of Iral Glunmhar, King of Ulster. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)

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Kilroy Spelling Variations


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Kilroy Spelling Variations



Irish names were rarely spelled with much consistency during the Middle Ages. As the many spelling variations of the name Kilroy dating from that time attests: Gilroy, Kilroy, MacGilroy, MacElroy, MacGreevy, Greevy, MacGilrea, McGilroy, McElroy, McGreevy, McGilrea, MacIlrea, McIlrea, Magilroy, Magilrea, MacElry, McElry, MacIlree and many more.

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Kilroy Early History


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Kilroy Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kilroy research. Another 295 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1376, 1638 and 1640 are included under the topic Early Kilroy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kilroy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kilroy Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kilroy 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



The 19th century brought a massive reduction in Ireland's population. It seemed that during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s the Irish people had two options: starve or immigrate. Those that chose the later frequently headed for the United States, hopeful for land, work, and equality. Those determined for free land joined the migration west; while others stayed behind to live in urban centers and often work in factories. Still others began a transitory life in work camps, building the bridges, canals, railways, and highways so critical to the rapidly development of the growing industrial nation. Early passenger and immigration lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Kilroy:

Kilroy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Kilroy, who arrived in America in 1811
  • Bridget Kilroy, aged 26, landed in New York in 1854
  • Ellen Kilroy, aged 13, arrived in New York in 1864
  • James Kilroy, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876

Kilroy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Honora Kilroy, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Elizabeth" from Galway, Ireland
  • Michael Kilroy, aged 18, a yeoman, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Elizabeth" from Galway, Ireland
  • Michael Kilroy, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Trafalgar" from Galway, Ireland
  • Mr. Denis Kilroy, aged 29 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Convenanter" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 38)

Kilroy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Kitty Kilroy arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Bute" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY Bute 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyBute.gif

Kilroy Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Patrick Kilroy, aged 26, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dallam Tower" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kilroy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kilroy (post 1700)



  • John B. "Jim" Kilroy (1922-2016), American sailboat owner and racer in the 1950s to the 1980s
  • William Kilroy, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bozrah, 1899-1902
  • Robert Walter Kilroy, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Indiana 9th District, 1986
  • Mary Jo Kilroy, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 2004
  • John B. Kilroy, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1964
  • Jane Callan Kilroy, American Democrat politician, Member of Maine Democratic State Committee, 1945; Secretary of Maine Democratic Party, 1945; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Maine, 1956
  • Frank Kilroy, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1928
  • Francis Joseph "Bucko" Kilroy (1921-2007), American football player and executive with the New England Patriots
  • Matthew Aloysius "Matt" Kilroy (1866-1940), American Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher
  • Mary Jo Kilroy (b. 1949), American attorney and a Democratic politician from Ohio
  • ... (Another 4 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



  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 38)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY BUTE 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839LadyBute.gif

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  9. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Kilroy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kilroy 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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