The Irish surname Carroll is the anglicized form of Gaelic name Ó Cearbhaill meaning “descendant of Cearbhall.” The personal name Cearbhall is of uncertain origin but may come from the Gaelic term cearbh meaning “to carve” and may denote a butcher or a nickname for a fierce warrior. It may also mean “brave in battle.”The name O’Carroll is numerous throughout Ireland but is particularly prevalent in counties Laois and Kilkenny. One Patrick Carroll, aged 54 yrs., a famine emigrant to New York, sailed aboard the "Columbus" from Liverpool, in February 1846, together with his wife, Ann, aged 50, and his son, William, aged 11. Today there are more than 132,000 people with the last name Carroll living in The United States.
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