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This interesting surname is of Anglo-Saxon and Irish origin, and has two possible sources, the first being locational from any of the various place so called in England, derived from the Olde English pre 7th Century "crawe", crow, and "leah", wood, clearing. The second source is an Anglicization of the Gaelic "O'Cruadhlaoich", descendant of "Cruadhlaoch", a personal name composed of the elements "cruadh", hardy, and "laoch", hero. The O'Crowley sept began as an off-shoot of the MacDermots of Mylurg (Co. Roscommon), their eponymous ancestor was Cruadhlaoch, who emigrated to a territory near Dunmanway, Co. Cork; in due course they became a distinct sept with a recognised chief residing at Kilshallow...

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