The Irish surname Farrell, is an Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic O Fearghail. The Gaelic prefix "O" indicates "descendant of", plus the personal byname "Fearghal", composed of the elements "fear", man, and "gal", valour; hence, "descendants" of the man of Valour". This great sept originated in the Leinster Co. of Longford and their chief known as Lord of Annaly resided at Longphuirt Ui Fearghaill (i.e. O'Farrell's fortress) from which the name of the county derives. Today there are approximately 51,000 bearers of the last name Farrell living in The United States.
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