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Re: Gildea family from Co Donegal Ireland
Posted by: Patrick Connelly Date: July 24, 2000 at 19:43:31
In Reply to: Re: Gildea family from Co Donegal Ireland by Laura J. Steinke of 138

Greetings Gildeas. Just wanted to make some Gildea comments. I have noticed many posts about the name: where, when, etc. According to Lysaght (spelling?), the Gildeas originated in and around Tirconnell in County Fermanagh. Although I can't be sure when, I do know that the name comes from Mac Giolla Dea, meaning servant of God. Judging from this, I imagine the original Gildeas could have been defenders of the church (RC) in some way. The name was most numerous in Donegal (about 37 listings in Griffiths)and likewise in Mayo. Personally, my Gildeas (Cornelius and father James) come from Fermanagh. I can also say that the name is not particularly popular and could be seen as Kildea, Kilday, and Gilday.

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