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Updated 17 July 2015
(from Paul - posted on the Anthrogenica site in the L513 thread.
"...Fitzpatrick is an interesting surname in Ireland in that's it's a native Irish surname that has taken a "Norman" form, mainly for the purpose of retaining land. It's usually associated thus with the surname "Mac Giolla Phádraig" who were Kings of Osraighe (Osraí = reformed spelling) which consisted of Modern Kilkenny and part of Offaly, they were displaced by Norman Butlers who took over most of their territory (modern Kilkenny) leaving them with just "Upper Ossory".

Mac GIOLLA PHÁDRAIG—IV—M'Gillephadrick, M'Gillapatrick, M'Kilpatrick, MacGilpatrick, MacIlpatrick, MacIlfatrick, MacElfatrick, MacIlfederick, MacElfedrick, Gilpatrick, Kilpatrick, Kirkpatrick, Fitzpatrick; 'son of Giolla Phádraig' (servant of St. Patrick). The principal family of this name are the MacGillapatricks, or Fitzpatricks, of Ossory, who took their name from Giolla Phádraig, son of Donnchadh, lord of Ossory, in the 10th century. In early times they ruled over the entire of Co. Kilkenny and part of the present Leix, but after the Anglo-Norman invasion they were greatly encroached upon by the Butlers and other English settlers in Kilkenny, and their patrimony was limited to the barony of Upper Ossory. Branches of the family settled in Clare, Cavan, Leitrim, and other parts of Ireland. In 1541, Brian Mac Giolla Patrick was created Baron of Upper Ossory. There appears to have been also a Scottish family of this name.
Anyways given their Leinster origin I figured it's unlikely there's a connection Fitzpatrick in Cavan, seems there was another surname there that was later assimilated into more common Fitzpatrick Anglicisation.

Ó MAOLPHÁDRAIG—I—O Mulfadricke, O Mulpatrick, (?) Fitzpatrick; 'descendant of Maolphádraig' (servant of St. Patrick); once a common surname, especially in Cavan and Cork. In the year 1602, Conor O Molpatrick, 'chief of his name,' was included in a list of pardons for Co. Cavan. Though the name has disappeared, the family was too numerous to have died out, and the probability is that, like the Mac Gillapatricks of Ossory, they have anglicised it to Fitzpatrick..."

Updated 20 February 2015

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BLAZON OF ARMS: Argent a saltire and chief azure the last charged with three cushions or. 

TRANSLATION: Argent(white) denotes Peace and Sincerity. The Saltire signifies Perserverance, the chief Dominion, the cushions Authority. 

CREST: A hand holding a dagger in pale distilling drops of blood. 

TRANSLATION: The hand and dagger signify Military Honour. 

MOTTO: I make sure 

ORIGIN: Scotland 

In1232 A.D. the Kilpatrick/Kirkpatrick coat-of-arms was authorised by KingAlexander II of Scotland. The crest of the coat-of-arms, a hand holding a dagger dripping with blood represents the instrument used by Sir Roger Kilpatrick when he went to the Church of Grey Friars and killed the tyrant Comyn, thus ending his rule and saved Scotland for King Robert the Bruce.  The motto on the  coat-of- arms, "I Make Sure" or "I Make Sicar" also refers to the same circumstance, meaning that he had made sure that Scotland's arch enemy was dead.

Updated 30 August 2015 
(The above information comes via the kindness of John Kilpatrick via his website at

Please be aware that the surnames Kirkpatrick and Kilpatrick are both Septs of the Clan Calhoun (or Colquhoun) and Douglas and there is a main Calhoun project operating at

The Douglas Project is operating at
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Updated 18 April 2014

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Surname DNA testing is the the best "add-on" tool available to genealogists!  The many advantages include:-

  • Surname tests (Y-DNA) enable genealogists to verify their father's father's...father's paternal ancestry.  (The molecular (aka genetic) ancestry overrides the surname ancestry).
  • Molecular ancestry information can be very powerful when combined with traditional paper trails and can uncover family secrets!
  • While a surname itself may give us incomplete or misleading or, at best, only general information about the origin of a family, DNA-testing can give us concrete evidence for identifying and separating family lines. Y-chromosome DNA testing is especially helpful because the male Y-chromosome is handed down, father to son, unchanged through the generations, except for rare mutations which, in themselves, can be helpful indicators of branching. The accessibility and affordability of family DNA testing is doubtless the greatest technical advance in the history of genealogical research because -- at long, long last -- we have a tool to break down those brick walls!

This project is keen for people from the United Kingdom, all the countries of Western Europe, Northern and Eastern Europe, the United States of America, Canada, the Caribbean, South America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa (and anywhere else I have missed when I considered the countries in which the surname exists...) to please join it.

Like all surname projects, this one is intent upon proving connections using DNA.  But it is NOT just surname ancestry.  It is molecular (or as some prefer it, genetic) ancestry.

The best articles I have found to date for understanding just what 'DNA' is and how the results of testing can help you with your genealogy.

Here is a hint for you if you have tested FF.

Once you (or anyone) joins a project, you can go to your FTDNA Home Page and hover your mouse over the FF Drop-down menu visible in the blue tool bar. Then select  "Advanced Matches" from that menu. Check FF and select whether you want to see your matches in either the full data base, or just in the specific projects that you have joined.

Because it is a pain switching from one window to another, I have three browsers, so that I can get the same person’s Home page up showing different reports for the same tester all at the same time.

If you are reading this, then it is assumed you are hunting for details about your ancestors and extending your knowledge about your particular line.

DNA testing will certainly aid you in a number of ways but you must still have a paper trail if you want to name that ancestor when you find you have a match! 
DNA testing will also inform you whether your paper trail is correct.  (My favourite 'hobby-horse' is to tell you not to rely on the work of someone else UNLESS they have supplied you with references to enable you to check these for yourself.  And please do check them).