Feeling Irish or Scottish? There may be a MacGoldrick or McGoldrick in your family line

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Some Goldens of Irish or Scots of Irish descent have ancestral family names like MacGoldrick or McGoldrick, names which are still in use today.

The name Golden and Golding were introduced into Ireland early in the 1300s by the English. With time, a number of other Celtic names have evolved into Golden, Golding and Goulding: Gallen, Goldrick, Ó Goillín, O’Gullin, and Ó Gallín.


MacGoldrick: This name, which originates on the Fermanagh-Leitrim border, is most numerous in Ulster, particularly in counties Fermanagh and Tyrone, and in the adjoining part of Connacht, particularly in Co. Sligo. In seventeenth-centruy Ulster it was most common in Fermanagh, especially at Lurg, and, as MacGolrick and MacGoulrigg, in Co. Donegal.

Recorded anglicizations and variants include Golden, Goulding, Goodwin, and Magorlick. The name is found in Scotland as MacGoldrick in the Glasgow district and as MacGorlick in Galloway. In both places it is of Irish origin.

Source: Commentary by Linda Merle, 2000


McGoldrick is of Irish origin, and is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic “Mac Ualghairg”, composed of the elements “mac”, son of, with the personal name “Ualgharg”, apparently of Old Celtic elements meaning “proud” and “fierce”.

Golden and Goldrick are recorded as synonymous around Carrick-on-Shannon and Boyle. M(a)c Goldrick is numerous in Co. Fermanagh, where it is recorded in the Hearth Money Rolls of 1665-1666.

The form McGoldrick was also widely used in Co. Mayo (where Golden has now largely superseded it), at least up to the end of the 18th Century, as records of householders and the like attest; it also occurs several times in the ecclesiastical records of Raphoe. The surname is first recorded in the mid 11th Century (see below), and can also be found as McGolrick, Magorlick, McWalrick and Golden.

Source: Surnames Database