Last name: Carlin

This interesting surname, widespread in the Ulster County of Tyrone, is an Anglicized form of two distinct Gaelic Irish septs names, O' Caireallain and O' Cearbhallain. The former sept was located in Clondermot, County Derry, where its leader was chief of Clan Diarmada, whence the name of the parish of Clondermot. The sept of O' Cearbhallain was also of Ulster, being located chiefly in Cavan and Monaghan, prior to their migration into the north Leinster county of Meath. Traditionally, Irish family names are take either from the heads of tribes or from illustrious warriors, and are usually prefixed by "mac" meaning "son of", or "o", male descendant of. In this case, the personal bynames "Cearbhallan" and "Caireallan" share the same root i.e., "cearb" meaning hacking, and implying a fierce warrior. Further Anglicized forms of the above two ancient Ulster surnames include Carolan, Carlan, Carland, and Kirlin, On June 18th 1865 the birth of Patrick, son of James Carlin and Sarah McBride, was recorded in Omagh, County Tyrone. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Hugh O' Carolan, Bishop of Clogher, which was dated 1535-1563, in "Medieval Ecclesiastical Records of Co. Donegal", during the reign of King Henry V111, known as "Bluff King Hal", 1509 - 1547. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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John Carling
Hi, I'm John Carling from Sweden. I'm a bit curious about my name. Could it be that Carling, with a g in the end, is a variant of Carlin? Kind regards /John

The Carlin surname has been present in Northern Italy, Venice area, since 1400 A.D. People named Carlin are living in 168 Italian cities.

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Heather Carlin
Utah, US

My inlaws came to NZ from Dunbarton, Scotland. I have been trying to trace this family for some years now. From what I know, all CARLIN's in Scotland did come from Ireland and before that from the continent, there are many of this surname around Italy area.
Only two came to New Zealand.

Boris Morris

More than a thousand people named "Carlin" live in Russia.

Boris Morris

Surely Carlin in Italy would be italinized - "Carlini" or "Carlione" or something - wouldn't it?

William carlin

Liverpool, england

Linda Carlin so few of us maybe we are related?????? .m

Taunya Carlen
US and of Swedish heritage.

Suzanne carlin
i came from Nottingham, my father was born in Eastwood. His father was named rylett,his father was John carlin the cricketer,he played for england

thomas carlin
from my research the name Carlin originates in Derry/Monaghan Ireland and migrated to Scotland. Some of the meanings I have found range from the comber of wool, fierce warrior. and as stated in Burns, th auld Carlins Witches. I have come across Carlins in Northern Peru, in Tarapoto. apparantly the moto of the Carlin clan is a soothed cat is gentle, or gentle in peace fearless in war, Also many Irish pirates were with the Vikings at the end of the Viking era and this is probably how the name came into Scandinavia and Russia Ukraine

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