A French and Irish surname, Farrell comes from the Gaelic term ‘fearghal’ which means one with valor. The spelling variations for Farrell include Farrelly, Ferrell, Frahill, Fraleigh, O’Farrell, O’Ferrall and Frawley. In England the Farrell surname is across most of England and Wales, but mostly concentrated in Yorkshire, Lancashire and the city of London. In Ireland the Farrell family name is common in Leinster, Westmeath and County Longford. In Scotland across the central and southern regions is where most with the Farrell surname reside. Most Farrell families are in Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, Midlothian and Angus counties. Within the United States the origin of Farrell families was in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois, California and Massachusetts. Famous: Michael Farrell (film and television actor), Eileen Farrell (opera singer), James T. Farrell (novelist), Colin James Farrell (Irish actor), Kerby Farrell (professional baseball player), Gail Farrell (singer and songwriter), Terry Farrell (English architect), John Farrell (champion speed skater), Tim Farrell (movie film actor) and Stephen Farrell (journalist).