Carroll (or O’Carroll) comes from the Irish Ó Cearbhaill. This comes from the first name: Cearbhall” which was a nickname that came from the verb “cearbh” (to hack).
The first recorded mention of the surname O’Carroll was in 1031 – a “Maolsuthain O’Carroll” who was a contributor to the “Book of Armagh”.
A number of O’Carroll septs evolved in Ireland (Cearbhall was a very popular first name) – but the most significant were the Ely O’Carrolls (Offaly and Tipperary border) and The Airghailla O’Carrolls (Monaghan and Louth). There were also smaller septs in Kerry (around Killarney), Leitrim, Sligo and Kilkenny.
There are about 11 castles associated with the O’Carroll septs in Ireland – the first Birr Castle in County Offaly being one of the most famous – most of these castles are associated with the Ely O’Carrolls.
Hello, I really enjoy all of your posts. My Irish heritage comes from Patrick Carroll and Mary Carroll who immigrated to the US separately and married in Madison County, Illinois in 1851. Mary’s maiden name was Carroll.
She came to the US in the early 1840’s with her brother, Father Michael Carroll, although I have not been able to locate their immigration records. Patrick and Mary are my great-great grandparents. Her obituary says that she came from County Limerick, which matches the records of the church in Alton, Illinois regarding Father Michael Carroll. The church records indicate that he was from Effin, County Limerick.
Other family stories say that the Carrolls were from Dublin. I wonder if Patrick was from Dublin.
According to Mary’s obituary, she was known throughout the community as Grandma Carroll, and was loved by all. She and Patrick had three sons and sixteen grandchildren.
My questions are:
What county did the Carrolls originate from?
What is the origin of the name?
Thank you so much, I do enjoy your newsletters and posts.
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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