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The Carroll Surname
‘Carroll’ is an anglicisation of an Irish Gaelic patronymic surname, i.e. it denotes that the father (or a more distant male ancestor) of the original user was named Carroll, and in fact boys in Ireland have been named Carroll from the earliest historical period right up to the present day. In its Gaelic form the name was anciently spelt ‘Cerball’ which has...

The O'Carrolls of Ely O'Carroll
O'Carroll (Mulrony), the most distinguished man of his own tribe for generosity, valour, prosperity and renown; a man to whom the poets, the exiled, the clergy and the learned were indebted; who had gathered and bestowed more wealth than any other person of his stock; a protecting hero to all; the guiding, firm helm...

The Carrolls in County Clare
When John Carroll’s two sons, Edward and Michael, were born in the Roman Catholic parish of Liscannor in the first half of the 19th Century they were just two additions to the scores of people bearing that surname who lived in the County of Clare. The surname, however, is not traditionally associated with that county, and two hundred years earlier...

From Clare to Here
When Edward Carroll was born in County Clare in 1824 it had been a little over 200 years since the collapse of the old Gaelic order but, although English influence was everywhere in evidence, there were still aspects of people’s lives that would have been familiar to their clansmen ancestors...