The name O'Cearbhail 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 O'Cearbhail family
The surname O'Cearbhail was first found in counties Tipperary
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 O'Cearbhail family
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O'Cearbhail Spelling Variations
Many variations of the name O'Cearbhail were found in archives from the Middle Ages. The spelling and language in which the people's names were recorded was often up to the individual scribe. Variations of the name O'Cearbhail found include O'Carroll, Carroll, Carrel, Carrell, Carrill, Carrol, Carroll, Caryll, Garvil, Garvill and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Cearbhail family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family name at this time was John Caryll (1625-1711), 1st Baron
Caryll of Durford; Charles Carroll (1661-1720), often called Charles Carroll the Settler, to differentiate him from his son and grandson, a wealthy lawyer and planter
in colonial Maryland; Most Rev. John Carroll (1735-1815), the first Catholic... Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'Cearbhail Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the O'Cearbhail family to the New World and Oceana
In the 18th and 19th centuries hundreds of thousands of Irish people immigrated to North American shores. The early settlers were enticed by the promise of their own land, but they were moderately well off in Ireland
when they decided to emigrate. Therefore, they were merely carrying out a long and carefully thought out decision. The 1840s saw the emergence of a very different trend: thousands of extremely desperate people crammed into passenger boats hoping to find any type of opportunity. The Irish of this decade had seen their homeland severely stricken by crop failures which resulted in widespread disease and starvation. At whatever time the Irish immigrants came to North America, they were instrumental in the rapid development of the emerging nations of the United States and what would become known as Canada. An exhaustive search of passenger and immigration lists has revealed many persons bearing the name O'Cearbhail, or one of its variants: John Carroll who settled in Nova Scotia in 1776; Mary Carroll (6 months old) who arrived in Quebec in 1849; Thomas Carroll and his family who arrived in Quebec in 1849.
The O'Cearbhail 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.