McGarrell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name McGarrell 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.

Early Origins of the McGarrell family

The surname McGarrell 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 McGarrell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McGarrell research. Another 200 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1014, 1172, 1451, 1600, 1916, 1625, 1711, 1661, 1720, 1735, 1815, 1737, 1832, 1789, 1792, 1602 and 1673 are included under the topic Early McGarrell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McGarrell Spelling Variations

The scribes who created documents long before either the Gaelic or English language resembled their standardized versions of today recorded words as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages the names of many people were recorded under different spellings each time they were written down. Research on the McGarrell family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including O'Carroll, Carroll, Carrel, Carrell, Carrill, Carrol, Carroll, Caryll, Garvil, Garvill and many more.

Early Notables of the McGarrell 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 McGarrell migration to the United States +

Many Irish families boarded ships bound for North America in the middle of 19th century to escape the conditions of poverty and racial discrimination . Although these immigrants often arrived in a destitute state, they went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. An inquiry into many immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants to North America bearing the McGarrell family name:

McGarrell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mary McGarrell, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Castle Blany, in 1892
  • Mary McGarrell, aged 26, who settled in America from Carrickmacross, in 1894
  • John McGarrell, aged 33, who immigrated to the United States from Carrickmacross, in 1896
  • Maggie McGarrell, aged 24, who immigrated to the United States from Castle Hayney, in 1898
McGarrell Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Peter McGarrell, aged 22, who landed in America from Dundalt, in 1902
  • Owen McGarrell, aged 47, who landed in America from Dundalk, in 1903
  • Patrick William McGarrell, aged 5, who immigrated to America from Dundalk, in 1903
  • Catherine McGarrell, aged 0, who landed in America from Dundalk, in 1903
  • Peter McGarrell, aged 25, who immigrated to the United States from Culloville, in 1906
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McGarrell (post 1700) +

  • Flores "Flo" McGarrell (1974-2010), American artist, filmmaker, writer and arts administrator
  • James McGarrell (b. 1930), American painter
  • Neil Christopher McGarrell (b. 1972), West Indian cricketer

The McGarrell 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 on Facebook
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