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

The name Carrell has undergone many variations in the time that has passed since its genesis. In Gaelic it appeared as Cearbhaill, which is derived from the name of Cearbhal, the Lord of Ely who helped King Brian Boru lead the Irish to victory over the Danes at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014.

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Many variations of the name Carrell were found in archives from the Middle Ages. The spelling and language in which the people's names were recorded was often up to the individual scribe. Variations of the name Carrell found include O'Carroll, Carroll, Carrel, Carrell, Carrill, Carrol, Carroll, Caryll, Garvil, Garvill and many more.

First found in counties Tipperary, Offaly, Monaghan and Louth. Through their connection with Cearbal, they descend from King Oilioll Olum. There were six distinct O'Carroll septs prior to the Anglo- Norman Conquest. While four disintegrated before the end of the 13th century, the two most important septs continued. These were O'Carroll of Ely O'Carroll, from the counties of Tipperary and Offaly, and O'Carroll of Oriel, from the counties of Monagan and Louth. While the Oriel O'Carrolls disappeared as an official sept resulting from the Anglo- Norman Conquest, the members of that sept were not scattered, but remained mainly within their ancient territories. However, the O'Carrolls of Ely O'Carroll managed to maintain their independence and heritage until the end of the 16th century, and continued to play an important role in Irish history. They formerly held large territories in the county of Tipperary, but were confined to the area around Birr in the county of Offaly by the rise of the powerful Norman Butlers.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carrell research. Another 397 words(28 lines of text) covering the years 1014, 1172, 1451, 1600, 1916, 1625, 1711, 1661, 1720, 1735, 1815, 1737, 1832, 1789 and 1792 are included under the topic Early Carrell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 165 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carrell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Irish people immigrated to North American shores. The early settlers were enticed by the promise of their own land, but they were moderately well off in Ireland when they decided to emigrate. Therefore, they were merely carrying out a long and carefully thought out decision. The 1840s saw the emergence of a very different trend: thousands of extremely desperate people crammed into passenger boats hoping to find any type of opportunity. The Irish of this decade had seen their homeland severely stricken by crop failures which resulted in widespread disease and starvation. At whatever time the Irish immigrants came to North America, they were instrumental in the rapid development of the emerging nations of the United States and what would become known as Canada. An exhaustive search of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many persons bearing the name Carrell, or one of its variants:

Carrell Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Henry Carrell, aged 16, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Jno Carrell, who landed in Virginia in 1644
  • Richard Carrell, who arrived in Virginia in 1644
  • David Carrell, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • William Carrell, who landed in Maryland in 1667


Carrell Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Wm Carrell, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Roger Carrell, who landed in Virginia in 1706
  • Hannah Carrell, who landed in Virginia in 1706
  • John Carrell, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1720
  • John Carrell who arrived in Philadelphia in 1749


Carrell Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • James Carrell, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1832

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  • Duane Carrell (b. 1949), former professional American NFL football punter for the Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams, New York Jets, and St. Louis Cardinals
  • George Aloysius Carrell S.J. (1803-1868), American clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church, the first Bishop of Covington (1853 to 1868)
  • John Carrell, American two-time gold, silver and two-time bronze medalist ice dancer
  • Rudi Carrell (1934-2006), born Rudolf Wijbrand Kesselaar, Dutch entertainer


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  • Southern Kirk and Carrell Families by Maudie Marie Holt Marshall
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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: In Fide et in Bello Fortis
Motto Translation: Strong in both faith and war.

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