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Origin of the Name Carroll

The ancient history of the name Carroll was found in the archives. Variants of Carroll include Carvill. This is an Irish name meaning 'champion'. There were six septs of O'Carrolls before the Anglo-Norman invasion but only two survived. They were O'Carroll of Ely, Tipperary, and O'Carroll of Oriel, Monaghan and Louth. The clansmen of the sept O'Carroll of Oriel still remain in that territory today. The sept of O'Carroll of Ely survived until the sixteenth century, one of their chiefs being Cearbhal, Lord of Ely, who led the victorious army of Clontarf. Many noteworthy O'Carrolls figure in the 'Annals of the Four Masters'. One of these was Maolsuthian O'Carroll, confessor of Brian Boru and contributor to the 'Book of Armagh'.
The Carroll 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 Carroll descendants.
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