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Carwile (Carvill, etc.) - Irish name
Posted by: Rebecca Smith (ID *****8391) Date: January 16, 2006 at 12:14:04
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I was checking the Carwile board for a friend whose great-great grandmother (mother's side) was Martha Jane Carwile (born about 1799 and died 18 Feb 1859 in Kershaw County, South Carolina). It's uncertain whether she was born in South Carolina or Ireland - depending on whose post on the LDS website you check.

My dear hubby and I (both with Scottish-Irish-Swiss ancestors) have been learning the Irish language (a local Irish study group) which has been very interesting - and fun.

Background information - the Irish language (Irish Gaelic) does NOT include some of the letters that we use in the English language - j, k, q, v, w, x, y, or z. In modern Irish, they have added some loan words from English like "zoo", etc. - like the loan words from other languages that we use on this side of "the pond". But those letters are not in their regular (non-loan) words.

In speaking Irish (the language), "c" is ALWAYS pronounced like a "k" -in spite of what we hear from the Boston Celtics. Some of the British language people will tell you that you can pronounce the Irish / Scottish "c" either way correctly. Take your pick as to who you believe. (lol)

Anyway Carwile in Ireland would be "Carbhaíl" which according to one Google search result means "slaughter". Carbhaíl has also been translated into English as "Carroll". The clan Carroll supposedly was one of the fiercest in Ireland - fighting for independence and honor.

In Irish, "bh" is pronounced like our "w" or "v", depending on the section of Ireland you visit. The "long" mark on the "i" gives the "i" a different sound than a regular "i".

So, if you're looking for Irish Carwile's, you can also search under the name "Carbhaíl" - with or without the "long" mark - "í".

BTW, if any of you have ANY information on the family of Martha Jane Carwile, I'd appreciate it very much. She married William Nelson (1792-1856) on 8 March 1821 or 1823. They had at least one child - Franklin Nelson (1827-1906). That branch of the Carwile family lived in Camden, Kershaw County, South Carolina. According to what I've read of the South Carolina Carwile's, that branch of the Carwile's might have died out during the typhoid epidemic of the 1850's.

Thanks, and have a great day and a wonderful relatively new year.

Becky (Smith, Speer, Thornton, Mims, Murer, Duncan, Brown/Brownlee, etc.)
Asheville, NC


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