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Origin of the O'Driscoll Clan Name
The O’Driscoll name originates form the Irish name Ó hEidirsceoil, which means 'intermediary', 'diplomat' or 'interpreter'.
Originally descended from the Corcú Loígde, one of the largest tribes of Celtic Ireland and based in West Cork, these rulers of Munster broke with the kingdom of Ossory and virtually disappeared from the political scene by the 9th century. at this time the Eóganachta were rising to power and many of the Corcú Loígde moved to join them or the influential Muscraige of Kerry.
They later moved west to Ross Carbery, in West Cork. The islands of Cape Clear, Sherkin and Heir are also ancient seats of the O'Driscolls.
The prefix “O” was dropped by many families up to the 18th century. The earliest recorded settler of the name in the United States was Catherine Driscoll in Boston in 1737.
Their crest represents seafaring and voyages and also bears a black cormorant.
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