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The Irish name Carolan 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.

Carolan Early Origins



The surname Carolan 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.

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Carolan Spelling Variations


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Carolan Spelling Variations



The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period because the general population had to rely on local official's understanding of how their name should be spelt, hence spellings in records often changed through a person's lifetime. The following variations for the name Carolan were encountered in the archives: 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.

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Carolan Early History


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Carolan Early History



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

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Carolan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Carolan Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North Ameri ca. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Carolan to North America:

Carolan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Rose Carolan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
  • Patrick Carolan, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823
  • James Carolan, who landed in Mississippi in 1840
  • Michael Carolan, aged 24, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1872
  • Bridget Carolan, aged 17, who arrived in America from Ireland, in 1892
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Carolan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Bernard J. Carolan, aged 25, who arrived in America from Tullamore, in 1901
  • James Carolan, aged 40, who arrived in America from Mullagh, in 1901
  • John Carolan, aged 23, who arrived in America from Mulvanny, in 1902
  • John Carolan, aged 24, who arrived in America from Dublin, Ireland, in 1904
  • Bridget Carolan, aged 30, who arrived in America from Kingscourt, in 1904
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Carolan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Carolan, aged 36, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • Elizabeth Carolan, aged 20, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Standard"
  • Ann Carolan, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nabob"
  • Charles Carolan, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham"

Carolan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Terence Carolan, aged 28, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Salisbury" in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Carolan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Carolan (post 1700)



  • Brett Carolan (b. 1971), former professional American football player
  • Kevin Carolan (b. 1968), American actor and comedian
  • Tom Carolan (b. 1961), American music executive and entrepreneur
  • Reginald Howard "Stretch" Carolan (b. 1939), former professional American football player
  • Kate Carolan, Irish-American news reporter and radio presenter
  • Stuart Carolan, Irish playwright
  • Joseph "Joe" Carolan (b. 1937), Irish former professional football player
  • Trevor Carolan (b. 1951), Canadian writer

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Motto


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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    2. 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.
    3. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    4. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    7. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    8. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    9. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
    10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Carolan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carolan 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 22 March 2016 at 20:00.

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