Carroll Family Genealogy Forum
The name CARROLL very simply is of Celtic origin. This means that the name from early history is both English, Irish, and Scottish. The anglo derivative means "hacking". We Carroll's like to think our name originally was descriptive of being a warrior. However, it may have described a butcher. There are many derivations of Carroll which include Carrell, Caryl, McKerroll, etc. and more.
Many individuals with our surname begin genealogical research by hearing from ancestors that they are related to the famous branch of Charles Carroll of Carrollton (signer of the Declaration of Independence). I have to admit when I first started over 20 years ago I thought this. For those just starting research consider this. If your ancestors were protestant, they came to America in the early to mid 1700's, landed in the Pennsylvania area, they are probably the Scotch/Irish line of Carrolls. More info info if desired.