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

The Irish name Carling claims descent from the O'Connors in Donegal where "Carlan" (from the Irish "carla" meaning a "wool-comb" and "an" meaning "one who" which roughly translates as "one who combs wool") was in Irish O'Carlain or O'Caireallain.

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Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Carling family name. Variations found include Carlin, Carling, O'Carolan, Carline, Karlin, Kerling, Kerline, Carlind, Carlynde, Carlyne, Carlyn, Carrlin, Carrling, Kerlynd, Kerlynde, Karlynd, Karline, Kearlin, Kearline, Kearlynd, Carolan, Carrolan, Carolyn, Carolyne, Caroline, Carolynde, Caraline, Carroline, Carlan, Carland, Carlon, Carlone, Karolin, Karolan, Karrolin and many more.

First found in County Limerick (Irish: Luimneach) located in Southwestern Ireland, in the province of Munster, where the name is descended from the O'Connor stem, Kings of Connaught and the family became early associated with the county of Tyrone, and in neighboring counties.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carling research. Another 259 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1738, 1799, 1535 and 1568 are included under the topic Early Carling History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Carling family in North America:

Carling Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Phillip Carling, who was on record in New York State in 1811
  • Philip Carling, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Adelheid Carling, who landed in America in 1835
  • Joh Bern Carling, who arrived in America in 1846
  • H Carling, aged 41, landed in New Orleans, La in 1850

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  • William David Charles "Will" Carling OBE (b. 1965), English former rugby union player for Harlequins, former captain of England (1988-1996)
  • Sir John Carling PC, KCMG (1828-1911), Canadian businessman and politician, co-owner of Carling Brewery, Senator for Ontario (1891-1892), eponym of Port Carling, Ontario and Carling Avenue, Ottawa
  • Thomas Carling, English-born, Canadian brewer, founder of Carling Brewery, London Ontario in 1840, now owned by Molson Coors Brewing Company
  • Elizabeth Carling MA (b. 1967), English actress and singer
  • Finn Carling (1925-2004), Norwegian novelist, playwright, poet and essayist
  • Isaac Carling (1825-1895), Canadian businessman and politician, co-owner of Carling Brewery with his brother John Carling
  • Julia Carling (b. 1965), British journalist and television presenter
  • Terry Carling (b. 1939), former English football goalkeeper
  • Victoria Carling, English radio, television, film and theatre actress
  • Norman Carling (1902-1971), English designer/modeller in ceramics


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Felis demulcta mitis
Motto Translation: A stroked cat is gentle.

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The Carling Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carling 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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