Home

Digital Products

Prints

Apparel

Home & Barware

Gifts


Customer Service



O'driscoll Surname History



Before Irish names were translated into English, O'driscoll had a Gaelic form of O hEidersceoil, from the word eidirsceol, which means an intermediary.


Early Origins of the O'driscoll family


The surname O'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.

Early History of the O'driscoll family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'driscoll research.
Another 216 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1698, 1460 and 1707 are included under the topic Early O'driscoll History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

O'driscoll Spelling Variations


One name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Scribes typically spelt the surname as they saw fit. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the O'driscoll family name include Driscoll, O'Driscoll and others.

Early Notables of the O'driscoll family (pre 1700)


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

Migration of the O'driscoll family to the New World and Oceana


Irish families fled the English-colonized Ireland in record numbers during the 19th century for North America. Many of those destitute families died from disease during, and even shortly after, the long journey. Although those that immigrated before the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s often were granted a tract of land, those that arrived later were generally accommodated in urban centers or in work camps. Those in the urban centers would labor in the manufacturing sector, whereas those in work camps would to build critical infrastructures such as bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Regardless of when these Irish immigrants came to North America, they were critical for the rapid development of the young nations of the United States and Canada. Early immigration and passenger lists have recorded many early immigrants bearing the name of O'driscoll:

O'driscoll Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Florence O'Driscoll who landed in Virginia in 1663

O'driscoll Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Ellen O'Driscoll, aged 23, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
  • Michael O'Driscoll, aged 20, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
  • James O'Driscoll, aged 20, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
  • Mr. Daniel O'Driscoll, (b. 1858), aged 21, Scottish farm labourer, from Cork travelled with the Shea family from Clyde aboard the ship "Nelson" arriving in Invercargill, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 28th August 1879 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html

Contemporary Notables of the name O'driscoll (post 1700)


  • Timothy J. "Tim" O'Driscoll (b. 1964), American politician, Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives (2011-)
  • Martha O'Driscoll (1922-1998), American film actress, active from 1937 until 1947
  • William V. O'Driscoll, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1940, 1944 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Dennis O'Driscoll (b. 1954), Irish poet, essayist, critic and editor
  • Emma O'Driscoll (b. 1982), Irish television presenter
  • Brian O'Driscoll (b. 1979), Irish international rugby union player
  • Shane O'Driscoll (b. 1977), Irish-born rugby league player
  • Patrick O'Driscoll (1878-1949), Irish Clann na Talmhan politician
  • John O'Driscoll (b. 1953), Irish international rugby union player
  • Ger O'Driscoll (b. 1987), Irish sports person
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the O'driscoll family



RMS Titanic

  • Miss Bridget O'Driscoll, aged 24, Irish Third Class passenger from Ballydehob, Cork who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking in collapsible D [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html

Related Stories



Citations


  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


Sign Up