A Letter from Ireland:

The Surname Fitzpatrick



Fitzpatrick comes from the Irish Mac Giolla Phádraig. This literally translates as “devotee or follower of Saint Patrick”. While you would normally expect a name starting with “Fitz” to be of norman origin – this one is the only exception as it is of Gaelic origin.

The Fitzpatricks were a major Gaelic sept in the Ossary area (present county Laois). There was a smaller unrelated sept in county Fermanagh. Today you will find the name used throughout many counties.

If you would like to add what you know about the Fitzpatrick surname, tell the story of your Fitzpatrick family OR ask a question – please do so below in the comments section.

Remember – at Your Irish Heritage we consider an “Irish Surname” to be one that belongs in your family. It may belong to an ancestor who lived in Ireland at one stage. We consider old Gaelic, Viking, Norman and planter names to be all Irish – if they fit this criteria.