Driscoll (surname)

Driscoll (surname)

Driscoll is one derivation of the Irish Gaelic surname O'Driscoll. The Irish for O'Driscoll is Ó hEidirsceoil. It originates from Cork in the province of Munster where the O'Driscolls were, in ancient times, a powerful clan. They descend from an early High King of Ireland known as Lugaid mac Con (O'Donovan 1849). The O'Driscolls were the most powerful sept of the Corcu Loígde, the historical descendants of the Dáirine, to whom Lugaid mac Con belonged.

Most O'Driscolls and Driscolls live in Ireland,[citation needed] with many others living in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Britain. Many families have since dropped the 'O' prefix before the name, and now go simply by the name Driscoll, both in Ireland and abroad.



Fictional characters

  • Erin Driscoll, from the television show 24
  • Jack Driscoll, from the film King Kong
  • Peyton Driscoll, medical examiner from CSI: NY
  • Driscoll, from the video game Front Mission
  • Driscoll Brothers, gangsters from the British sitcom Only Fools and Horses

See also

  • Driscoll (disambiguation)


  • Byrne, Francis J., Irish Kings and High-Kings. Four Courts Press. 2nd edition, 2001.
  • D'Alton, John, Illustrations, Historical and Genealogical, of King James's Irish Army List, 1689 2 vols. London: J.R. Smith. 2nd edition, 1861. (see under O'Donovan's Infantry)
  • Lankford, E. 'O Driscolls Past and Present' Cape Clear Museum (2005) ISBN 0953489841
  • Ó Corráin, Donnchadh, "Corcu Loígde: Land and Families", in Cork: History and Society. Interdisciplinary Essays on the History of an Irish County, edited by Patrick O'Flanagan and Cornelius G. Buttimer. Dublin: Geography Publications. 1993.
  • O'Donovan, John (ed.), "The Genealogy of Corca Laidhe", in Miscellany of the Celtic Society. Dublin. 1849.
  • O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees. Dublin. 5th edition, 1892.
  • O'Rahilly, Thomas F., Early Irish History and Mythology. Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. 1946.
  • Old Irish-Gaelic Surnames: A Supplement to Ireland's History in Maps

External links

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