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Gender: surname
Pronunciation: CARE-ohl
Meaning: fierce warrior
Related Names: Carol, Carolyn, Carrel, Carrell, Carrill, Carrol, Caryll, Garvil, Garvill, O’Carroll

Length: 7 Gender: {{#if surname



Rank in 2000s: 0 0

Name: carroll Origin: Irish,, Meaning (no case): fierce warrior

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The surname Carroll is of Irish origin, from the Gaelic “Cearbhaill,” meaning slaughter, or war champion. The family name was originally MacCarroll or O’Carroll, respectively, “son of Carroll” or “grandson of Carroll.” The prefix was dropped from the name in the 18th century. The Carroll clan originates from two ancient rulers of Ireland: Heber, son of Milesius King of Galacia and Kian, grandson of Owen the Great.[1] [1]


Carroll is a very common surname in the United States. According to, it ranked as the 181st most common surname. The highest concentration of people with the last name Carroll is in Texas, followed closely by Florida, California and New York.[1]


  • Perhaps the most famous bearer of the name Carroll is author Lewis Carroll, who wrote the famous children’s books Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. Ironically, this famous Carroll is not a Carroll at all: Lewis Carroll was a pseudonym for Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, who was an Oxford mathematician.[1] The name Lewis Carroll is said to have been created by translating Charles Lutwidge into Latin as “Carolus Ludovicus” and then reversing the names and translating them back to English.[1]
  • The Carroll motto is “Flecti Non Frangi,” which translates to “Bent not broken.”[1]
  • Many Carolls left Ireland in the 1840s because of religious persecution, economic hardship and famine.[1]
  • There were close to 4000 people with the last name Carroll who served in the Civil War. Of those, 1489 of them served the Confederate side and 2414 served the Union side.[1]




Author: Sarena Emily Levinson

Facts about CarrollRDF feed
Gender surname  +
Length 7  +
Meaning fierce warrior  +
Meaningnc fierce warrior  +
Name carroll  +
Origin Irish  +
Popularity 0  +
Pronunciation CARE-ohl  +
Rank in 2000s 0  +
Related Carol  +, Carolyn  +, Carrel  +, Carrell  +, Carrill  +, Carrol  +, Caryll  +, Garvil  +, Garvill  +, and O’Carroll  +
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