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The name Carrell 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.


The surname Carrell 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.

Many variations of the name Carrell were found in archives from the Middle Ages. The spelling and language in which the people's names were recorded was often up to the individual scribe. Variations of the name Carrell found include O'Carroll, Carroll, Carrel, Carrell, Carrill, Carrol, Carroll, Caryll, Garvil, Garvill and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carrell research. Another 397 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1014, 1172, 1451, 1600, 1916, 1625, 1711, 1661, 1720, 1735, 1815, 1737, 1832, 1789 and 1792 are included under the topic Early Carrell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Notable amongst the family name at this time was John Caryll (1625-1711), 1st Baron Caryll of Durford; Charles Carroll (1661-1720), often called Charles Carroll the Settler, to differentiate him from his son and grandson, a wealthy lawyer and planter in colonial Maryland; Most Rev. John Carroll...

Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Carrell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Irish people immigrated to North American shores. The early settlers were enticed by the promise of their own land, but they were moderately well off in Ireland when they decided to emigrate. Therefore, they were merely carrying out a long and carefully thought out decision. The 1840s saw the emergence of a very different trend: thousands of extremely desperate people crammed into passenger boats hoping to find any type of opportunity. The Irish of this decade had seen their homeland severely stricken by crop failures which resulted in widespread disease and starvation. At whatever time the Irish immigrants came to North America, they were instrumental in the rapid development of the emerging nations of the United States and what would become known as Canada. An exhaustive search of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many persons bearing the name Carrell, or one of its variants:

Carrell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Carrell, aged 16, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • John Carrell, who landed in Virginia in 1644
  • Richard Carrell, who arrived in Virginia in 1644
  • David Carrell, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • William Carrell, who landed in Maryland in 1667
  • ...

Carrell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Carrell, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Roger Carrell, who landed in Virginia in 1706
  • Hannah Carrell, who landed in Virginia in 1706
  • John Carrell, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1720
  • John Carrell who arrived in Philadelphia in 1749
  • ...

Carrell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Carrell, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1832

Carrell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Charles Carrell U.E who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 390 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York

  • John Carrell, American two-time gold, silver and two-time bronze medalist ice dancer
  • George Aloysius Carrell S.J. (1803-1868), American clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church, the first Bishop of Covington (1853 to 1868)
  • Duane Carrell (b. 1949), former professional American NFL football punter for the Dallas Cowboys, Los Angeles Rams, New York Jets, and St. Louis Cardinals
  • Rudi Carrell (1934-2006), born Rudolf Wijbrand Kesselaar, Dutch entertainer

  • Southern Kirk and Carrell Families by Maudie Marie Holt Marshall

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.


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    Other References

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    5. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
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    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. 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.
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    10. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
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    The Carrell Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Carrell 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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