The O'Farrell surname comes from the Irish Gaelic name O Fearghail, which means "man of valor."
Early Origins of the O'Farrell family
The surname O'Farrell was first found in Leinster
, where they were found mainly in County Longford.
Early History of the O'Farrell family
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O'Farrell Spelling Variations
Individual scribes in the Ireland
during the Middle Ages would often record a person's name various ways. How the name was recorded depended on what that particular scribe believed the proper spelling for the name pronounced to him was. Spelling variations
revealed in the search for the origin of the O'Farrell family name include Ferrell, Farrell, O'Ferrall, O'Farrell, Farrelly, Fraleigh, Frawley, Frahill and many more.
Early Notables of the O'Farrell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the O'Farrell family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
O'Farrell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- John O'Farrell, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Sea Horse" in 1833
O'Farrell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- James O'Farrell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke Of Bronte" in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DUKE OF BRONTE 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849DukeOfBronte.htm
- Kate O'Farrell, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle" CITATION[CLOSE]
South Australian Register Thursday 4th May 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Taymouth Castle 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/taymouthcastle1854.shtml.
O'Farrell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William O'Farrell, aged 22, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Accrington" in 1863
- Thomas O'Farrell, aged 23, a ploughman, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874
- Patrick O'Farrell a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884
- Ann O'Farrell, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884
Contemporary Notables of the name O'Farrell (post 1700)
- Jasper O'Farrell (1817-1875), Irish-born, American surveyor and politician, first surveyor of San Francisco
- Robert Arthur "Bob" O'Farrell (1896-1988), American Major League Baseball player
- Thomas R. O'Farrell, American politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates from Carroll County, 1959-65; Member of Maryland State Senate from Carroll County, 1965-66 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 4) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Francis "Frank" O'Farrell (b. 1927), former Irish soccer player and manager
- Patrick O'Farrell (1933-2003), New Zealand-born, Australian Roman Catholic historian
- Maureen O'Farrell, British actress
- Maggie O'Farrell (b. 1962), British novelist
- John O'Farrell (b. 1962), British author, broadcaster and comedy script writer
- Barry O'Farrell (b. 1959), Australian politician
The O'Farrell 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: Cu reabtha
Motto Translation: The rampaging dog.