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The Irish name Carling claims descent from the O'Connors in Donegal where "Carlan" (from the Irish "carla" meaning a "wool-comb" and "an" meaning "one who" which roughly translates as "one who combs wool") was in Irish O'Carlain or O'Caireallain.


The surname Carling was first found in County Limerick (Irish: Luimneach) located in Southwestern Ireland, in the province of Munster, where the name is descended from the O'Connor stem, Kings of Connaught and the family became early associated with the county of Tyrone, and in neighboring counties.

Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Carling family name. Variations found include Carlin, Carling, O'Carolan, Carline, Karlin, Kerling, Kerline, Carlind, Carlynde, Carlyne, Carlyn, Carrlin, Carrling, Kerlynd, Kerlynde, Karlynd, Karline, Kearlin, Kearline, Kearlynd, Carolan, Carrolan, Carolyn, Carolyne, Caroline, Carolynde, Caraline, Carroline, Carlan, Carland, Carlon, Carlone, Karolin, Karolan, Karrolin and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carling research. Another 259 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1738, 1799, 1535 and 1568 are included under the topic Early Carling History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Carling family in North America:

Carling Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Phillip Carling, who was on record in New York State in 1811
  • Philip Carling, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Adelheid Carling, who landed in America in 1835
  • Joh Bern Carling, who arrived in America in 1846
  • H Carling, aged 41, landed in New Orleans, La in 1850

Carling Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Carling, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Charles Carling, aged 49, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • George Carling, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • Elizabeth Carling, aged 15, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • Isabella Carling, aged 13, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
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  • Norman Carling (1902-1971), English designer/modeller in ceramics
  • Victoria Carling, English radio, television, film and theatre actress
  • Terry Carling (b. 1939), former English football goalkeeper
  • Julia Carling (b. 1965), British journalist and television presenter
  • Isaac Carling (1825-1895), Canadian businessman and politician, co-owner of Carling Brewery with his brother John Carling
  • Finn Carling (1925-2004), Norwegian novelist, playwright, poet and essayist
  • Elizabeth Carling MA (b. 1967), English actress and singer
  • Thomas Carling, English-born, Canadian brewer, founder of Carling Brewery, London Ontario in 1840, now owned by Molson Coors Brewing Company
  • Sir John Carling PC, KCMG (1828-1911), Canadian businessman and politician, co-owner of Carling Brewery, Senator for Ontario (1891-1892), eponym of Port Carling, Ontario and Carling Avenue, Ottawa
  • William David Charles "Will" Carling OBE (b. 1965), English former rugby union player for Harlequins, former captain of England (1988-1996)

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: Felis demulcta mitis
Motto Translation: A stroked cat is gentle.


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    Other References

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    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    3. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. 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).
    8. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    9. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    10. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
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    The Carling Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Carling 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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