Fitzmaurice is an Anglo-Norman/Cambro-Norman/Hiberno-Norman surname. It is patronymic as the prefix Fitz- derives from the Latin filius, meaning "son of". The surname variants include FitzMaurice, Fitz Maurice, Fitz-Maurice, fitz Maurice, and the alternate spelling Fitzmorris. According to Irish genealogist Edward MacLysaght:
The first Fitzmaurice family known in Ireland were the sons and daughter of Maurice Fitzgerald, Lord Llanstephan and they were the progenitors of the famous Geraldines through Gerald Fitzmaurice, 1st Lord of Offaly and through Thomas Fitzmaurice, Lord OConnello. They were known as lords of Lixnaw in Kerry, notable for their resistance to English invaders in the sixteenth century. The name Fitzmaurice is also connected with Mayo because some Connacht Prendergasts adopted it.
Fitzmaurice is uncommon as a given name.
Notable people with the given name Fitzmaurice include:
- James FitzMaurice FitzGerald (b.?-?), member of the 16th century ruling Geraldine dynasty in the province of Munster in Ireland
Notable people with the surname Fitzmaurice include:
|Region of origin||Wales and Ireland|
|Meaning||"son of Maurice"|
- The family of the Earls of Kerry
- Gerald Fitzmaurice, 1st Lord of Offaly
- Thomas Fitzmaurice, Lord OConnello. Lord of Lixnaw.
- Catherine Fitzmaurice (b.?), Actress and voice specialist
- Deanne Fitzmaurice, Pulitzer Prize winning American photographer
- Éamonn Fitzmaurice (1977- ), Gaelic footballer, former member of the Kerry senior football team and current selector
- Edmond Fitzmaurice, 1st Baron Fitzmaurice (1846 – 1935), British Liberal politician
- Edmond John Fitzmaurice (1881-1962), Bishop of (Catholic diocese of) Wilmington
- George Fitzmaurice (1885 - 1940), American film director
- George Fitzmaurice (writer) (1877 - 1963), Irish dramatist and writer
- Gerald Fitzmaurice (1901-1982), English barrister and judge
- James Fitzmaurice (6 January 1898 – 26 September 1965), Irish aviation pioneer
- John Edmund Fitzmaurice (January 8, 1839 – June 18, 1920), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church
- John Fitzmaurice (1947 - 2003), English author
- Leo Fitzmaurice (b. 1963), British artist
- Lewis Roper Fitzmaurice (1816 - 1893), an explorer and surveyor aboard HMS Beagle, for whom the Fitzmaurice River is named
- Martin Fitzmaurice (b. 1940), English darts master of ceremonies, caller, scorer and referee
- Maurice Fitzmaurice (1861 - 1924), Irish civil engineer
- Maurice Swynfen Fitzmaurice (1870 - 1927), Royal Navy officer
- Michael John Fitzmaurice (b. 1950), former United States Army soldier and a recipient of the Medal of Honor
- Neil Fitzmaurice (b. ?), British writer and actor
- Tom Fitzmaurice (1898 - 1977), Australian rules footballer
- Petty-Fitzmaurice, disambiguation page
- Earls of Orkney from 1791 to 1998:
- Mary FitzMaurice, 4th Countess of Orkney (1755-1831), 4th (modern) Countess of Orkney
- Thomas FitzMaurice, 5th Earl of Orkney (1803-1877), 5th modern Earl of Orkney
- George FitzMaurice, 6th Earl of Orkney (1827-1889)
- Edmond FitzMaurice (1867-1951), 7th modern Earl of Orkney
- Cecil FitzMaurice, 8th Earl of Orkney (1919-1998), 8th modern Earl of Orkney
- Michael James Fitzmaurice(1981-present),West Midlands, United Kingdom
- Cokayne, George Edward, ed. (1890). Complete peerage of England, Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain and the United Kingdom, extant, extinct or dormant (D to F). 3 (1st ed.). London: George Bell & Sons. p. 358. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
- "FITZMAURICE Surname Group". irishgen.com. Archived from the original on 2007-11-17. Retrieved 2007-12-21.
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