Meaning of the Coat-of-Arms:
Sable a saltire argent, on a chief azure
three fleur-de-lie or.
A dragon reguardant vert surmounted of a
lion guardant sable dexter paw resting on the dragon's head.
1. Geare lader aboe (Might is right)
2. Ceart Laidir Abu (Might is right)
3. Fortis sub forte fatiscet (The
brave may yeild to
|Variations of the Name:
Mac Giolla Phadraig, MacGilpatrick, MacKilpatrick,
Kilpatrick, McIlpatrick, Fitzpatrick, MacSertha,
Shera, Fitz, Fitch, Patrick, Parrican, Parogan, Patchy
History of the Name:
The Surname Fitzpatrick is the English format
of the Irish Mac Giolla Phádraig. It is the only surname with the
Fitz prefix of Irish origin. All others are of Norman descent. Giolla Phádraig
(the devoted of St. Patrick) was King of Ossory, a kingdom in Leinster
in Ireland. According to Carrigan, this kingdom was founded by Aengus Osrith
who flourished some time about the latter half of the second century of
the Christian era. Giolla Phádraig’s reign commenced some eight
centuries later in 976 AD and he reigned until he was slain in 996 AD.
His sons were styled Mac Giolla Phádraig (son of Giolla Phádraig).
As part of the colonisation of Ireland by England, natural Irish names
had to be restyled in the English format. Mac Giolla Phádraig was
anglicised as Fitzpatrick. The Clan name is found throughout the world
and several individuals and families have been prominent. These include
the Earls of Upper Ossory (lineal descendants of The Giolla Phádraig)
who were interwoven into English politics from the time of Henry VIII until
the last of the Earls died, without male issue, in 1937. The Family of
Sir Percy FitzPatrick made a major contribution to the political formation
of South Africa. Major Thomas (Broken-Hand) Fitzpatrick, from Cavan, Indian
Agent to the Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes brought peace to the plains
Indians of North America in 1851 at Fort Laramie. Fitzpatrick’s have also
contributed, with significant influence and success, in high office in
Ireland, Canada, India and the United States.