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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 surname Driscoll was 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
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.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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

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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 Ameri ca. 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 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 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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Driscoll Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Maurice Driscoll, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1752

Driscoll Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Driscoll, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1802
  • Timothy Driscoll, aged 36, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • David Driscoll, aged 28, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Peter Driscoll, aged 24, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Ellen Driscoll, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale, Ireland
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Driscoll Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Honora Driscoll, aged 17, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin"
  • Mary Driscoll, aged 16, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin"
  • Honora Driscoll, aged 17, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849
  • Mary Driscoll, aged 16, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Elgin" in 1849
  • Dennis Driscoll, Scottish convict from Scotland, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia
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Driscoll Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Driscoll arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Cresswell" in 1856
  • Thomas Driscoll arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Cresswell" in 1856
  • Thady Driscoll, aged 22, a mower, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870
  • Dennis Driscoll, aged 20, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872
  • Eliza Driscoll, aged 20, a servant, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "India" in 1875
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  • John L. Driscoll (1896-1968), American football coach and sports figure
  • John Driscoll (b. 1981), American television and soap opera actor
  • Devin "Devon" Driscoll (b. 1982), American professional wrestler
  • Denny Driscoll (1855-1886), American Major League Baseball player
  • Charles Benedict Driscoll (1885-1951), American journalist and editor
  • 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
  • Richard Driscoll (b. 1980), English comic
  • Chris Driscoll (b. 1971), Canadian National Lacrosse League player
  • James "Jim" Driscoll (1880-1925), Welsh featherweight boxer
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Driscoll Historic Events



Flight 191

  • D Driscoll, American passenger from Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979

Halifax Explosion

  • Master Gordon D.  Driscoll (1908-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Master James Louis  Driscoll (1916-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Daniel Driscoll, British Leading Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Cornelius Driscoll, English Third Waiter from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
  • Mr. Timothy J. Driscoll, American 3rd Class passenger from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
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Citations



  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. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  3. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  4. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  6. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  7. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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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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