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Where did the Scottish McDonald family come from? What is the Scottish McDonald family crest and coat of arms? When did the McDonald family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McDonald family history?The old Scottish-Dalriadan name McDonald is derived from the Anglicized version of the Gaelic personal name Mac Dhomhnuill. McDonald is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. The surname McDonald arose from the vernacular naming tradition, whereby surnames were formed by adopting the given name of one's father, or another ancestor. This name was first found in Kintyre, where members of this family had resided for many years.
Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of McDonald include MacDonald, Macdonald, McDonald, Donaldson, MacDonny and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McDonald research. Another 435 words(31 lines of text) covering the years 1336, 1386, 1423, 1437, 1449, 1603, and 1692 are included under the topic Early McDonald History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 55 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McDonald Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the McDonald family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 164 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The McDonald were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
McDonald Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
McDonald Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
McDonald Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
McDonald Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
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: Per mare per terras
Motto Translation: By sea and by land.
The McDonald Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McDonald 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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