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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish

Where did the Scottish McDaniel family come from? What is the Scottish McDaniel family crest and coat of arms? When did the McDaniel family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McDaniel family history?

The west coast of Scotland and the rocky Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the McDaniel family. The root of their name is the personal name Donald. The name McDaniel results from an erroneous Anglicization of the Gaelic name Mac Dhomnuill, which means son of Donald and is normally Anglicized MacDonald. The confusion is a result of the similar sound of the given names Daniel and Donald.


Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. McDaniel has appeared in various documents spelled MacDaniel, MacDaniell, MacDanell and others.

First found in Argyleshire, where they held a family seat from early times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McDaniel research. Another 311 words(22 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McDaniel History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early McDaniel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the McDaniel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 87 words(6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name McDaniel or a variant listed above:

McDaniel Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Darby McDaniel, who arrived in Virginia in 1711
  • Margt McDaniel, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Wm McDaniel, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • Timothy McDaniel, who arrived in New England in 1732
  • Ann McDaniel, who came to America in 1739

McDaniel Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Hugh McDaniel, who arrived in America in 1801
  • Francis McDaniel, who landed in Maryland in 1809
  • Alexander McDaniel, aged 23, arrived in Massachusetts in 1813
  • Daniel McDaniel, who landed in Maryland in 1843
  • Michael McDaniel, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1850


  • David McDaniel (1939-1977), American science fiction writer
  • Hattie McDaniel (1895-1952), African-American blues singer, who won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mammy in "Gone with the Wind"
  • Henry Dickerson McDaniel (1836-1926), American politician, Governor of Georgia (1883-1886)
  • Lyndall Dale "Lindy" McDaniel (b. 1935), American Major League Baseball player
  • Mildred McDaniel (1933-2004), American athlete, winner of Olympic gold in high jump in 1956
  • William Mcdaniel (1801-1866), American politician, U.S. Representative from Missouri
  • Lurlene McDaniel (b. 1948), American novelist
  • Brigadier-General Arthur Bee McDaniel (1895-1943), American Chief of Staff, Caribbean Air Force (1941-1942)
  • Major-General Carl Brown McDaniel (1901-1987), American Commanding General 7th Air Force (1945)


  • Our McDaniel Family by Esta McDaniel Lee.
  • McDaniel/McDonald Notes by Ellen Byrne.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Toujours pret
Motto Translation: Always ready.


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The McDaniel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McDaniel Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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