Last name: Farrell

This distinguished Irish surname, with variant spellings O'Farrell, (O) Ferrall, and cognates O'Farrelly and O'Ferrally, is an Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic O Fearghail. The Gaelic prefix "O" indicates "male 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. So important was the sept that much space is accorded to them in the "Annals of the Four Masters". There were two main branches of the O'Farrells, the chiefs of which were distinguished as O'Farrell Boy from "buidhe", yellow or Golden, and O'Farrell Bane from ban "fair" or "white". Several of the family distinguished themselves in the Irish brigade in France, and Sir Thomas Farrell (1827 - 1900), was a noted sculptor many of whose statues adorn the city of Dublin. A Coat of Arms granted to the (O) Farrell family depicts a gold lion rampant on a green shield. On the Crest there is a black greyhound springing from a ducal coronet. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Father Richard O'Farrell, which was dated circa 1615 - 1663, Annaly, Co. Longford, during the reign of King James 1 of England and V1 of Scotland, 1603 - 1625. 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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O'Farrell Washington
Though I have no connection to the Farrell family, its great to know the origins of my name. I've only known of one other person who has the first name O'Farrell.

Todd Christopher
Any O'Ferralls in Michigan? Looking for long lost cousins.

michael reed
hi,ferralls,could any body tell me why my relatives say they didn't know if they were ferralls or denenes my great granddad surname was james denene from county cork in the 1800s,settled in Greenwich,woolwich areas,south London.leave reply

James Patrick Farrell
Hi, James Farrell here, born in the boro ( middlesbrough) I'm proud to be a Farrell.

granddaughter of an o farrell
im related to O Farrell's that originate from ballon co. Carlow .... i dont know anymore than that... my grandfather was patrick o farrell and died in 84.

Christine Farrell IKA tina
I am the Daughter of Thomas Arthur Farrell Who is also named after his dad, who also had a medal from the first world war.
I am the eldest of the kids
Christine Farrell Born in Middlesbrough general 1951
Arthur Peter Farrell died at the age of 60 in the year 2013
Michael Farrell is a year younger than Peter
Lynne Farrell
Stephen Mark Farrell Born 1959
Christine had a Daughter and son both of which died
Peter has a daughter Angie
Micheal has a son maybe more name mike
Stephen has two sons James and Ben.
I have documents that show my great grandmother could not write. Which motivated my dad to have his own business. My father's dad died when my dad was 10.
Peter lived most of his adult life in Miami
Christine is living her life on the Island of Vancouver her last name is Hurley which is also Irish.
Michael lives around Middlesbrough taking over Dads business
Lynne married well
Stephen worked his tail of and did well...


Found census from 1911 my great great great grandad came to shotley bridge consett at some point must have been for work...he was 56 years old and a general labourer in th gas works he was born in 1855 on county tyrone me irish roots!!

Joan Brophy Landon
My mother was a Farrell, and I am looking for cousins Ellen Farrell( who became a doctor), and Jim Farrell who I remember used to live in Florida