Cahall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic form of Cahall was Mac Cathail or O Cathail, while is derived from the personal name Cathal, which is generally Anglicized as Charles. Cahall is derived from the Old Irish "catu-ualos" which means "valor or powerful in battle".

Early Origins of the Cahall family

The surname Cahall was first found in County Kerry and Tipperary as there are at least two distinct septs of the name. The first sept from County Kerry descend from the Heremon line of kings and were known as the Cahills of Connaught. The second sept claim descent from the Ir line of kings and were located at Corkashinny, or the parish of Templemore, Tipperary. This line further branched to the eponymous Ballycahill, Tipperary. Both branches descended from O'Connors, the Kings of Connacht, specifically "Cathal," also known as Conor na Luinge Luaithe, when anglicized means "Conor, the Swifter-Sailing Ship" [1] which may elude to the seafaring coat of arms used by the family.

Early History of the Cahall family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cahall research. Another 138 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1654, 1796 and 1864 are included under the topic Early Cahall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Cahall Spelling Variations

Numerous spelling variations of the surname Cahall exist. A partial explanation for these variants is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Cahill, O'Cahill, Kahill, Cawhill, Cahille, Cahil, Cahaly, Cahell, Cahel, Caughell, Kahil, Kahel, Caill, Cail and many more.

Early Notables of the Cahall family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family name at this time was Flan O'Cahill, martyred in 938; Daniel O'Cahill, brother of Bogh O'Cahill, chief of the Clan, forfeited under the...
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United States Cahall migration to the United States +

The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish migrating out of their homeland in a great measure due to the oppressive imperial policies of the English government and landowners. Many of these Irish families sailed to North America aboard overcrowded passenger ships. By far, the largest influx of Irish immigrants to North America occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These particular immigrants were instrumental in creation of the United States and Canada as major industrial nations because the many essential elements such as the roadways, canals, bridges, and railways required an enormous quantity of cheap labor, which these poor immigrants provided. Later generations of Irish in these countries also went on to make valuable contributions in such fields as the arts, commerce, politics, and education. Extensive research into immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Cahall:

Cahall Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Emma C. Cahall, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Ella Cahall, aged 53, who immigrated to America, in 1909
  • Thomas Cahall, aged 38, who landed in America, in 1914
  • Thomas Cahall, aged 47, who settled in Wallingford, Pennsylvania, in 1923
  • Marie Cahall, aged 42, who immigrated to Wallingford, Pennsylvania, in 1923
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Cahall Motto +

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 Domino confido
Motto Translation: I trust in the Lord.


  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)


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