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Where did the Irish Driscoll family come from? What is the Irish Driscoll family crest and coat of arms? When did the Driscoll family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Driscoll family history?

Before Irish names were translated into English, Driscoll had a Gaelic form of O hEidersceoil, from the word eidirsceol, which means an intermediary.

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The scribes who created documents long before either the Gaelic or English language resembled their standardized versions of today recorded words as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages the names of many people were recorded under different spellings each time they were written down. Research on the Driscoll family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Driscoll, O'Driscoll and others.

First found in the southern part of the county of Kerry. They were later forced out of this territory by the O'Sullivans, and migrated eastward, settling around Baltimore in the southwest of County Cork. They remain almost exclusively in this region today, despite the depredations of the neighboring O'Donovan and O'Mahony septs. [1] The sept takes its name from Eidersceoil, who was born around 910 AD, and was in turn descended from Lughaide Laidhe, who was the ancestor of the Corca Laoidheclann which occupied the area of Cork belonging to the diocese of Ross.The variant Dirsicall was ten times more common than O'Driscoll eighty years ago, the situation has now been reversed.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Driscoll research. Another 431 words(31 lines of text) covering the years 1698, 1460 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Driscoll History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Driscoll Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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A great wave of Irish migration occurred during the 19th century as a direct result of English colonial rule and tight-fisted absentee landlords. Many of these Irish immigrants boarded passenger ships bound for North America. Those who migrated early enough were given land in either British North America or the United States; those who came in the late 19th century were typically employed in industrial centers as laborers. At whatever age they undertook the dangerous passage to North America, those Irish immigrants were essential to the speedy development of the two infant nations to which they arrived, whether they broke and settled land, helped build canals, bridges, and railroads, or produced products for consumer consumption. An examination of immigration and passenger lists has uncovered a large number of immigrants bearing the name Driscoll or one of its variants:

Driscoll Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Catherine Driscoll, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1737
  • Jeremiah Driscoll, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772
  • Cornelius Driscoll, who arrived in New England in 1781

Driscoll Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Jerman Driscoll, who arrived in Mississippi in 1843
  • Canelius Driscoll, aged 28, landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1844
  • Daniel Driscoll, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1849
  • Denis Driscoll, who landed in Mississippi in 1851
  • J Driscoll, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851


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  • Mark Driscoll (b. 1959), American television producer and writer
  • Lieutenant William P Driscoll (b. 1947), United States Navy Flight Officer who received the Navy Cross during the Vietnam War
  • Charles Benedict Driscoll (1885-1951), American journalist and editor
  • Denny Driscoll (1855-1886), American Major League Baseball player
  • Devin "Devon" Driscoll (b. 1982), American professional wrestler
  • John Driscoll (b. 1981), American television and soap opera actor
  • John L. Driscoll (1896-1968), American football coach and sports figure
  • Matthew John Driscoll (b. 1958), American politician, 52nd Mayor of Syracuse, New York
  • Alfred Eastlack Driscoll, New Jersey State Senator (1939-1941)
  • James "Jim" Driscoll (1880-1925), Welsh featherweight boxer

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  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

Other References

  1. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
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  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  5. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Driscoll Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Driscoll Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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