Farrel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Farrel surname comes from the Irish Gaelic name O Fearghail, which means "man of valor."
Early Origins of the Farrel family
The surname Farrel was first found in Leinster, where they were found mainly in County Longford.
Early History of the Farrel family
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Farrel Spelling Variations
Individual scribes in the Ireland during the Middle Ages would often record a person's name various ways. How the name was recorded depended on what that particular scribe believed the proper spelling for the name pronounced to him was. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origin of the Farrel family name include Ferrell, Farrell, O'Ferrall, O'Farrell, Farrelly, Fraleigh, Frawley, Frahill and many more.
Early Notables of the Farrel family (pre 1700)
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Farrel migration to the United States +
The English-ruled Ireland of the late 18th and 19th centuries featured a rapidly increasing population and an agricultural-based economy. This combination proved to be disastrous in the 1840s after a couple of failed potato harvests. Thousands died of disease and starvation, and thousands more left the country, often bound for North America. Those that survived the journey to North America were put to work building the bridges, canals, roadways, and railways needed for the development of an industrial society. Those Irish, although often despised by those already established in North American cities and towns, played an instrumental role in making Canada and the United States the powerful and wealthy nations that they are today. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has shown many immigrants bearing the name Farrel:
Farrel Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Garret Farrel, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 
- Margarett Farrel, who landed in Virginia in 1663 
Farrel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Morgan Farrel, who landed in Virginia in 1714 
- Robert Farrel, who arrived in New England in 1720 
- Michael Farrel, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1772
- Michael Farrel, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 
Farrel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Farrel, aged 40, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 
- John Farrel, who arrived in New York, NY in 1803 
- Anne Farrel, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 
- Edward Farrel, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 
- Jane Farrel, who landed in New York, NY in 1817 
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Farrel migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Farrel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Daniel Farrel, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
- Daniel Farrel, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1752
- Mr. John Farrel U.E., "Farrell, Faddle" born in New York, USA who settled in Sorel-Tracy, Quebec c. 1784 the South Mountain, Dundas County, Ontario married Sally Buck in 1788 they had 4 children 
Farrel migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Farrel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Thomas Farrel, aged 38, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Navarino" 
- Mary Farrel, aged 14, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Navarino" 
Farrel migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Farrel Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Robert Farrel, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
- Eliza Farrel, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
Contemporary Notables of the name Farrel (post 1700) +
- Thomas F. Farrel Jr., American engineering officer killed in the war, eponym of the USAPRS Thomas F. Farrel, Jr
- Franklin "Frank" Farrel III (1908-2003), American silver medalist ice hockey player at the 1932 Winter Olympics
- Alton Farrel (1879-1934), American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Ansonia, 1905-06; Member of Connecticut State Senate 17th District, 1907-08 
- Kiki Farrel (b. 1986), Indonesian actor
- Adrian Farrel, British co-founder of Aria Networks Ltd, Chippenham, United Kingdom
Historic Events for the Farrel family +
- Mr. John Farrel, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking 
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The Farrel 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: Cu reabtha
Motto Translation: The rampaging dog.
Suggested Readings for the name Farrel +
- 510 The Farrall (also Farell) and Frazell (Fraser) Families With Information on the Speck, Young, Alder, Myer, Buck and Knox Families: A History by Arthur William Farrall.
- ^ 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)
- ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
- ^ South Australian Register. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Navarino 1857. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/navarino1857.shtml.
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html