Origin of the Name Fitzgerald
The ancient history of the name Fitzgerald
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Fitzgerald
include Fitsgerald and Barron. Meaning 'son of the spear mighty', the Fitzgeralds of Ireland are descended from Maurice, son of Gerald, who accompanied Strongbow in the Anglo-Norman Invasion of 1170. They became a very powerful family with their leaders becoming Earls of Desmond. Garret Mor, eighth Earl of Kildare, was regarded as King of Ireland . They built many great castles, some of which are still standing today. In succeeding generations many who opposed English Rule were executed in the Tower of London. In literature a well known bearer of the name was Edward Fitzgerald, 1809-1883, author of the 'Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam'. The Fitzgeralds of County Waterford assumed the surname Barron.
The Fitzgerald coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Fitzgerald descendants.