Origin of the Name Carolan
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name Carolan
include Carolane. There are two distinct Gaelic septs whose surname is not identical in Irish are called O'Carolan in English. As recognized septs both faded from history by the end of the thirteenth century, though individuals of the names continued to dwell in their ancient territory long after that. O'Caireallain was Chief of Clan Diarmada, from which comes the name of the parish of Clondermot in County Derry. O'Caireallain assumed the anglicized form of Carleton and Carlin as well as Carolan. O'Cearbhallain was also of Ulster, being located chiefly in Cavan and Monaghan, from where they crossed into the Leinster County of Meath. The Mediaeval ecclesiastical records of the dioceses of Raphoe and Derry contain the names of many priests called O'Carolan, three of whom were bishops of Derry in the thirteenth century.
The Carolan coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Carolan descendants.