Origin of the Name Driscoll
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 Driscoll
include Driskill and O'Driscoll. The Gaelic O'Drisceoil sept from which these names are derived were originally located in County Cork in Ireland .
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
At first they were concentrated in south Kerry but pressure by the O'Sullivans drove them eastwards where they settled near Baltimore in southwest Cork . There they remained, though pressure by the O'Mahonys and O'Donovans further reduced the extent of their territory. In 1460 the Chief of the sept founded the Franciscan monastery there. There were several septs of the name as evidenced by references to the ancient Munster map showing the locations of the families. The territorial importance of the O'Driscolls waned in the seventeenth century, but many of their leading men were prominent in the army of James II in Ireland .
The Driscoll 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 Driscoll descendants.