Carrent History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The original Gaelic form of Carrent was Mac Carrghamhna, which is derived from the word "gamhan," which means "calf," and "carr," which has many meanings.
Early Origins of the Carrent family
The surname Carrent was first found in County Monaghan (Irish: Muineachán) located in the Northern part of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Carrent family
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Carrent Spelling Variations
Because early scribes and church officials often spelled names as they sounded, a person could have many various spellings of his name.Many different spelling variations of the surname Carrent were found in the archives researched. These included MacCarron, MacCarroon, MacCarren and others.
Early Notables of the Carrent family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was Redmond Caron (1605?-1666), Irish friar and author, born of a good family near Athlone, Westmeath. "He embraced the order of St. Francis in the convent...
Migration of the Carrent family
In the 18th and 19th centuries, thousands of Irish families fled an Ireland that was forcibly held through by England through its imperialistic policies. A large portion of these families crossed the Atlantic to the shores of North America. The fate of these families depended on when they immigrated and the political allegiances they showed after they arrived. Settlers that arrived before the American War of Independence may have moved north to Canada at the war's conclusion as United Empire Loyalists. Such Loyalists were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Those that fought for the revolution occasionally gained the land that the fleeing Loyalist vacated. After this period, free land and an agrarian lifestyle were not so easy to come by in the East. So when seemingly innumerable Irish immigrants arrived during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s, free land for all was out of the question. These settlers were instead put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Whenever they came, Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Carrent or a variant listed above, including: Alexander, James, and Patrick MacCarran, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860; Andrew, Anthony, Barney, James, John, Michael, and William MacCarren, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.