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Throughout history, very few Irish surnames have exclusively maintained their original forms. Before being translated into English, Otoole appeared as O Tuathail, which is derived from "tuathal," which means "people mighty."

Otoole Early Origins



The surname Otoole was first found in County Kildare (Irish:Cill Dara), ancient homeland of the Kildare based Uí Dúnlainge (Kings of Leinster), located in the Province of Leinster, seated at O'Toole's Castle, where they were descended from Tuathal, King of Leinster who died in 950 A.D.

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Otoole Spelling Variations


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Otoole Spelling Variations



Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Otoole family name. Variations found include Toole, Tool, O'Toole, O'Tool, Tooley, Toile and many more.

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Otoole Early History


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Otoole Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Otoole research. Another 307 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1172, 1327, 1590, 1128, 1180, 1225, 1327, 1670 and 1722 are included under the topic Early Otoole History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Otoole Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Otoole Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family at this time was St. Laurence O'Toole; Lorcán Ua Tuathail, also known as St Laurence O'Toole, (1128-1180), Archbishop of Dublin, canonized in 1225 by Pope Honorius III; and Adam Dubh Ó Tuathail, died...

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Otoole Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Otoole or a variant listed above, including:

Otoole Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Austin, Henry, James, John, Martin, Michael, Patrick, Thomas, and William O'Toole all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Otoole Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ann O'Toole, aged 58, who settled in America from Tullamore, in 1906
  • Alicia O'Toole, aged 27, who landed in America from Tusk, Ireland, in 1909
  • Adeline O'Toole, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Dublin, Ireland, in 1912
  • Alice O'Toole, aged 20, who settled in America from Castlecomer, Ireland, in 1912
  • Anastasia O'Toole, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from Manchester, England, in 1920

Otoole Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Aggie O'Toole, aged 20, who emigrated to Conception Harbour, Newfoundland, in 1910

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Contemporary Notables of the name Otoole (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Otoole (post 1700)



  • James Jerome "Jim" O'Toole (1937-2015), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1958 to 1967
  • Maureen O'Toole (b. 1961), American silver medalist water polo player at the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • Annette O'Toole (b. 1952), American actress, dancer, and singer-songwriter, best known for portraying Martha Kent, the mother of Clark Kent on the television series Smallville
  • Joseph O'Toole, American Lawyer
  • Martin Joseph O'Toole (1925-2013), Irish Fianna Fáil politician
  • Jason O'Toole (b. 1973), Irish author and journalist
  • Sergeant Edmund O'Toole VC, Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross for his efforts at the Anglo-Zulu War: Battle of Ulundi
  • Joseph John "Joe" O'Toole (b. 1947), former Irish independent politician
  • Peter Seamus O'Toole (1932-2013), Irish eight-time Academy Award-nominated actor best known for his performances in such films as "Lawrence of Arabia", "Becket" and others, recipient of three Golden Globes and an Emmy
  • Peter O'Toole, Irish musician
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Otoole Historic Events


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Otoole Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Katherine  O'Toole (1858-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. William  O'Toole (1862-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    10. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    11. ...

    The Otoole Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Otoole Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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