The name McIlrea 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.
Early Origins of the McIlrea family
The surname McIlrea was first found in County Clare
(Irish: An Clár) 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
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
Early History of the McIlrea family
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McIlrea Spelling Variations
Numerous spelling variations
were revealed in the search for the origin of the name McIlrea family name. Before widespread literacy, a person entrusted the proper documentation of his name to the individual scribe. As a result, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Variations found include Gilroy, Kilroy, MacGilroy, MacElroy, MacGreevy, Greevy, MacGilrea, McGilroy, McElroy, McGreevy, McGilrea, MacIlrea, McIlrea, Magilroy, Magilrea, MacElry, McElry, MacIlree and many more.
Early Notables of the McIlrea family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McIlrea family to the New World and Oceana
Often leaving from racial discrimination and colonial oppression, thousands of families left Ireland
in the 19th century for North America aboard passenger ships. Many early immigrants found a plot of land to call their own, something unimaginable for most Irish families
. Those that arrived later were often accommodated as laborers since there was a large demand for cheap labor. This was the fate for many of the families that arrived in North America during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Whether they became agrarian settlers or industrial workers, the Irish that came to North America were invaluable for rapid development of the infant nations of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name McIlrea or a variant listed above:
McIlrea Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William McIlrea, who landed in Philadelphia in 1834