The surname Farrell is of Irish origin. The name is an anglicized form of the Gaelic O’Fearghail ‘descendant of Fearghal’, a personal name composed of the elements ‘fear’, man and ‘gal’, valour. The name in England may be a phrase name ‘fare well’. This name is among the forty most common names in Ireland. The O’Farrells were princes of Annaly, now county Longford. Annaly took its name from one Angall, whose great-grandson Feargal, meaning ‘man of valour’, gave his name to the sept O’Fearghail. This Feargal was King of Conmacne and was slain at the battle of Clontarf in 1014 ( the battle which finally destroyed the power of the Norseman, or Danes as they are often called ). This family was based at Longford, which was originally called Longphort Ui Fhearghail ( O’Farrell’s fortress ). The name in its modern form dates to the sixteenth century were a Andrew Farrell is recorded in historical archives. The name was brought to America predominately by Irish immigrants. One of the first fore fathers to bring this name to America is that of a Patrick Farrell, w… Coat of arms: Vert a lion rampant or. Crest-On a ducal coronet …
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