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Carroll Name Meaning

Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Ó Cearbhaill or Mac Cearbhaill ‘descendant (or son) of Cearbhall’ a personal name perhaps based on cearbh ‘hacking’ and hence originally a byname for a butcher or a fierce warrior. English and Scottish: variant of Carrell .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: O'carroll, Correll, Carrell, Farrell, Harrell, Mccarroll, Cardon

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Where is the Carroll family from?

You can see how Carroll families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Carroll family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Carroll families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 107 Carroll families living in New York. This was about 14% of all the recorded Carroll's in USA. New York had the highest population of Carroll families in 1840.
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What did your Carroll ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Carroll. 13% of Carroll men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Carroll women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Carroll were Clerk and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
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Passenger Lists

There are 117,000 immigration records available for the last name Carroll. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 166,000 military records available for the last name Carroll. For the veterans among your Carroll ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Carroll lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Carroll life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Carroll in 1940 was 43, and 73 in 2004.

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