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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 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


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, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale
  • David Driscoll, aged 28, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale
  • Peter Driscoll, aged 24, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale
  • Ellen Driscoll, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Hibernia" from Kinsale


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


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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  • 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
  • D Driscoll, American passenger from Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash on May 25, 1979
  • Mr. Timothy J. Driscoll (d. 1915), American 3rd Class passenger from Boston, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Matthew John Driscoll (b. 1958), American politician, 52nd Mayor of Syracuse, New York

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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. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  2. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  3. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  6. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  7. 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.
  8. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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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.

This page was last modified on 27 March 2015 at 01:02.

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