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Recorded as MacCarroll, McCarroll, McCarrell, McCarle, Carroll, and others, this surname is Irish. It is a developed form of the ancient name Mac Cearbhaill meaning 'The son of the warrior' from the personal name Cearbhall, a byname for a fierce warrior deriving from "cearbh", meaning to hack. There were two distinct clans, one in Leinster and the other in Ulster, where the name is often recorded as MacCarvill. The surname dates back to the early 14th Century (see below), and early examples of recordings include Donslevy Mac Carroll in 1357, described by the Four Masters as "a noble master of music and melody, the best of his time"...

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jim Carroll

My forebares were the MacCarroll's of County Tyrone and the Gaffigans who transplanted from Scotland to San Francisco, CA. We clearly are not of the O'Carroll's; however there is one from County Cork from the O'Carroll sept names Honora, from my mother's side. As the eldest of the family, I was happy to see that the coat of arms was distinct from those that are usually shown as the O'Carrolls.


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