Carling History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Carling family

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.

Early History of the Carling family

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Carling Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Carling family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Hugh O'Carolan, Bishop of Clogher from 1535-1568. Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738) was a blind early Irish harper, composer and singer, known for his gift for melodic composition. Born in Nobber, County Meath, his father took a job with the MacDermott Roe family of Alderford House, thereby giving Turlough an education. By the time he was eighteen, he was blinded by smallpox and by the age of twenty-one, he was given a horse and...
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United States Carling migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Adelheid Carling, who landed in America in 1835 [1]
  • Joh Bern Carling, who arrived in America in 1846 [1]
  • H Carling, aged 41, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1850 [1]

Australia Carling migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

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, Australia [2]
  • Charles Carling, aged 49, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • George Carling, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • Elizabeth Carling, aged 15, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • Isabella Carling, aged 13, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Carling (post 1700) +

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

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from on Facebook