Show ContentsCarole History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Carole has undergone many variations in the time that has passed since its genesis. In Gaelic it appeared as Cearbhaill, which is derived from the name of Cearbhal, the Lord of Ely who helped King Brian Boru lead the Irish to victory over the Danes at the Battle of Clontarf in 1014. Donnchad Ua Cerbaill or Donnchadh Ó Cearbhaill was King of Airgíalla, fl. c. 1130-1168. Maol Ruanaidh Cam Ó Cearbhaill, sometimes Anglicized as Cam O'Kayrwill (died 10 June 1329) was a notable Irish harpist and player of the tiompan who was murdered with many others at the Braganstown Massacre.

Early Origins of the Carole family

The surname Carole was first found in counties Tipperary, Offaly, Monaghan and Louth. Through their connection with Cearbal, they descend from King Oilioll Olum.

There were six distinct O'Carroll septs prior to the Anglo-Norman Conquest. While four disintegrated before the end of the 13th century, the two most important septs continued. These were O'Carroll of Ely O'Carroll, from the counties of Tipperary and Offaly, and O'Carroll of Oriel, from the counties of Monagan and Louth.

While the Oriel O'Carrolls disappeared as an official sept resulting from the Anglo-Norman Conquest, the members of that sept were not scattered, but remained mainly within their ancient territories. However, the O'Carrolls of Ely O'Carroll managed to maintain their independence and heritage until the end of the 16th century, and continued to play an important role in Irish history.

They formerly held large territories in the county of Tipperary, but were confined to the area around Birr in the county of Offaly by the rise of the powerful Norman Butlers.

Early History of the Carole family

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Carole Spelling Variations

Irish names recorded during the Middle Ages are characterized by many spelling variations. This preponderance of variations for common names can be explained by the fact that the scribes and church officials that kept records during that period individually decided how to capture one's name. These recorders primarily based their decisions on how the name was pronounced or what it meant. Research into the name Carole revealed many variations, including O'Carroll, Carroll, Carrel, Carrell, Carrill, Carrol, Carroll, Caryll, Garvil, Garvill and many more.

Early Notables of the Carole family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was John Caryll (1625-1711), 1st Baron Caryll of Durford who came of an ancient Roman Catholic family, which had been settled, from the close of the sixteenth century, at West Harting in Sussex. [1] Charles Carroll (1661-1720), often called Charles Carroll the Settler, to differentiate him from his son and grandson, was a wealthy lawyer...
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United States Carole migration to the United States +

Irish immigrants began to leave the English-controlled Ireland in sizable numbers during the late 18th century. Many of these Irish immigrated to British North America or the United States in the hopes of gaining their own tract of farmland. This pattern of migration grew steadily until the 1840s when the Great Potato Famine caused a great exodus of immigrants to North America. These immigrants differed from their predecessors in that they were desperately fleeing the disease and starvation that plagued their homeland, and many were entirely destitute when they arrived in North America. Although these penniless immigrants were not warmly welcomed when they arrived, they were critical to the rapid development of the United States and what would become known as Canada. Many went to populate the western frontiers and others provided the cheap labor the new manufacturing sector and the building of bridges, roads, railways, and canals required. A thorough examination of immigration and passenger lists has revealed some of the earliest people to arrive in North America with name Carole or one of its variants:

Carole Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Domenico Carole, aged 17, originally from Catanzaro, who arrived in New York in 1903 aboard the ship "Napolitan Prince" from Naples, Italy [2]
  • Joseph Monty Carole, aged 27, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Panhandle State" from London, England [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Carole (post 1700) +

  • Lionel Jules Carole (b. 1991), French professional footballer
  • Prof. Samantha Carole Twiselton O.B.E., British Director for Sheffield Institute of Education, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Higher Education [3]
  • Carole Gene "Candy" Spelling (b. 1945), née Marer, an American author, theater producer, and philanthropist who was married to Aaron Spelling from 1968 until his death in 2006
  • Carole Tongue FRSA (b. 1955), British politician, Member of the European Parliament for London East (1984-1999)
  • Carole Ann Haswell, British astrophysicist and current Professor of Astrophysics and Head of Astronomy at the Open University
  • Carole Arnauld (1961-2022), French singer and songwriter, known for her one-hit wonder hit single "C'est pas facile...", released in September 1986
  • Carole McKeel, American producer, known for Apricity (2016).
  • Carole McCartney (1965-2021), British-born Cypriot archeologist
  • Carole Lavallée (1954-2021), Canadian politician, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Saint-Bruno-Saint-Hubert (2004-2011)
  • Mrs. Carole Anne McCarthy M.B.E., British President for Cosmetic Executive Women UK, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Female Entrepreneurs and to charity [4]

The Carole 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 Fide et in Bello Fortis
Motto Translation: Strong in both faith and war.

  1. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. Ellis Island Search retrieved 15th November 2022. Retrieved from
  3. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018,
  4. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, on Facebook