The original Gaelic form of O'Cahill was Mac Cathail or O Cathail, while is derived from the personal name
Cathal, which is generally Anglicized as Charles. O'Cahill is derived from the Old Irish "catu-ualos" which means "valor or powerful in battle".
Early Origins of the O'Cahill family
The surname O'Cahill was first found in County Kerry
as there are at least two distinct septs of the name. The first sept from County Kerry
descend from the Heremon
line of kings and were known as the Cahills of Connaught
. The second sept claim descent from the Ir line of kings and were located at Corkashinny, or the parish of Templemore, Tipperary
. This line further branched to the eponymous Ballycahill, Tipperary. Both branches descended from O'Connors, the Kings of Connacht
, specifically "Cathal," also known as Conor na Luinge Luaithe, when anglicized means "Conor, the Swifter-Sailing Ship" CITATION[CLOSE]
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which may elude to the seafaring coat of arms used by the family.
Early History of the O'Cahill family
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O'Cahill Spelling Variations
Names during the Middle Ages were often recorded under several different spelling variations
during the life of their bearers. Literacy was rare at that time and so how a person's name was recorded was decided by the individual scribe. Variations of the name O'Cahill include Cahill, O'Cahill, Kahill, Cawhill, Cahille, Cahil, Cahaly, Cahell, Cahel, Caughell, Kahil, Kahel, Caill, Cail and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Cahill family (pre 1700)
Notable among the family name at this time was Flan O'Cahill, martyred in 938; Daniel O'Cahill, brother of Bogh O'Cahill, chief of the Clan
, forfeited under the... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'Cahill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the O'Cahill family to the New World and Oceana
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 O'Cahill: Elizabeth Cahill, a bonded passenger, who arrived in America in 1735; Thomas Cahill, an "enforced emigrant" sent to America from Ireland
The O'Cahill 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 Domino confido
Motto Translation: I trust in the Lord.