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Where did the Irish Farrell family come from? What is the Irish Farrell family crest and coat of arms? When did the Farrell family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Farrell family history?The Farrell surname comes from the Irish Gaelic name O Fearghail, which means "man of valor."
Because early scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded, a person could have many various spellings of his name.Many different spelling variations of the surname Farrell were found in the archives researched. These included Ferrell, Farrell, O'Ferrall, O'Farrell, Farrelly, Fraleigh, Frawley, Frahill and many more.
First found in Leinster, where they were found mainly in County Longford.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Farrell research. Another 319 words(23 lines of text) covering the years 1235 and 1248 are included under the topic Early Farrell History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Farrell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, thousands of Irish families fled an Ireland that was forcibly held through by England through its imperialistic policies. A large portion of these families crossed the Atlantic to the shores of North America. The fate of these families depended on when they immigrated and the political allegiances they showed after they arrived. Settlers that arrived before the American War of Independence may have moved north to Canada at the war's conclusion as United Empire Loyalists. Such Loyalists were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Those that fought for the revolution occasionally gained the land that the fleeing Loyalist vacated. After this period, free land and an agrarian lifestyle were not so easy to come by in the East. So when seemingly innumerable Irish immigrants arrived during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s, free land for all was out of the question. These settlers were instead put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Whenever they came, Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Farrell or a variant listed above, including:
Farrell Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Farrell Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Farrell Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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: Cu reabtha
Motto Translation: The rampaging dog.
The Farrell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Farrell 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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