MacCarrent History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The original Gaelic form of MacCarrent was Mac Carrghamhna, which is derived from the word "gamhan," which means "calf," and "carr," which has many meanings.
Early Origins of the MacCarrent family
The surname MacCarrent 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 MacCarrent family
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MacCarrent Spelling Variations
Numerous spelling variations of the surname MacCarrent exist. A partial explanation for these variants is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include MacCarron, MacCarroon, MacCarren and others.
Early Notables of the MacCarrent 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 MacCarrent family
Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name MacCarrent: 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.