Before Irish names were translated into English, O'Driscoll had a Gaelic form of O hEidersceoil, from the word eidirsceol, which means an intermediary.
Early Origins of the O'Driscoll family
The surname O'Driscoll was first found in the southern part of the county of Kerry. They were later forced out of this territory by the O'Sullivans, and migrated eastward, settling around Baltimore in the southwest of County Cork
. They remain almost exclusively in this region today, despite the depredations of the neighboring O'Donovan and O'Mahony septs. CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
The sept takes its name from Eidersceoil, who was born around 910 AD, and was in turn descended from Lughaide Laidhe, who was the ancestor of the Corca Laoidheclann which occupied the area of Cork belonging to the diocese of Ross.The variant Dirsicall was ten times more common than O'Driscoll eighty years ago, the situation has now been reversed.
Early History of the O'Driscoll family
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O'Driscoll Spelling Variations
The recording of names in Ireland
in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The standardized literary languages of today were not yet reached and the spelling of surnames often changed through a bearer's lifetime. Research into the name O'Driscoll revealed spelling variations
, including Driscoll, O'Driscoll and others.
Early Notables of the O'Driscoll family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Driscoll 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'Driscoll, or one of its variants:
O'Driscoll Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Florence O'Driscoll who landed in Virginia in 1663
O'Driscoll Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Ellen O'Driscoll, aged 23, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
- Michael O'Driscoll, aged 20, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
- James O'Driscoll, aged 20, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Zealandia" in 1879
Contemporary Notables of the name O'Driscoll (post 1700)
- Timothy J. "Tim" O'Driscoll (b. 1964), American politician, Member of the Minnesota House of Representatives (2011-)
- Martha O'Driscoll (1922-1998), American film actress, active from 1937 until 1947
- William V. O'Driscoll, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1940, 1944 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Dennis O'Driscoll (b. 1954), Irish poet, essayist, critic and editor
- Emma O'Driscoll (b. 1982), Irish television presenter
- Brian O'Driscoll (b. 1979), Irish international rugby union player
- Shane O'Driscoll (b. 1977), Irish-born rugby league player
- Patrick O'Driscoll (1878-1949), Irish Clann na Talmhan politician
- John O'Driscoll (b. 1953), Irish international rugby union player
- Ger O'Driscoll (b. 1987), Irish sports person
- ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Historic Events for the O'Driscoll family
- Miss Bridget O'Driscoll, aged 24, Irish Third Class passenger from Ballydehob, Cork who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking in collapsible D CITATION[CLOSE]
Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html