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Origins Available: Jewish, Scottish

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

One of the most common classes of Scottish surnames is the patronymic surname, which arose out of the vernacular and religious naming traditions. The vernacular or regional naming tradition is the oldest and most pervasive type of patronymic surname. According to this custom, names were originally composed of vocabulary elements from the local language. Patronymic surnames of this type were usually derived from the personal name of the original bearer's father. The surname Daniels is derived from the ancient name Daniel, which means God has judged.

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Scottish surnames are distinguished by a multitude of spelling variations because, over the centuries, the names were frequently translated into and from Gaelic. Furthermore, the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent because medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. The different versions of a surname, such as the inclusion of the patronymic prefix "Mac", frequently indicated a religious or Clan affiliation or even a division of the family. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into Scotland, accelerating accentuating the alterations to various surnames. The name Daniels has also been spelled Daniels, Daniell, Daneil, Danyell, Danel, Daniers, Danyei and many more.

First found in Sussex, where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Daniels research. Another 509 words(36 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1198, 1148, 1279, 1379, 1789, 1562, 1619, 1626, 1681, 1660, 1681, 1681, 1646, 1718, 1669, 1703 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Daniels History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 173 words(12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Daniels Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Daniels, or a variant listed above:

Daniels Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Wentworth Daniels, who landed in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1640

Daniels Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • William Daniels, who arrived in Mississippi in 1799

Daniels Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Daniels, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Duggan Daniels, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Daniels, English convict from Northampton, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Richard Daniels, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Daniels, English convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia


Daniels Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Daniels, aged 35, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • Francis Daniels, aged 20, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
  • Caroline Daniels, aged 26, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875

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  • Jonathan Worth Daniels (1902-1981), American journalist and writer
  • Josephus Daniels (1862-1948), American journalist and statesman
  • David Daniels (1933-2008), American visual poet
  • Annette Daniels (1961-2004), American mezzo-soprano opera singer
  • Armando Daniels (b. 1932), American biologist and paleobotanist
  • Charles Meldrum Daniels (1885-1973), American freestyle swimmer, winner of five Olympic gold medals one sliver and two bronze
  • Farrington Daniels (1889-1972), American physical chemist, pioneer of the modern direct use of solar energy
  • Bebe Daniels (1901-1971), American actress, singer, dancer, writer, producer and recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Harold Jack Daniels (1927-2013), American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • William Alan Daniels (1948-1988), American Research Chemist from Belle Mead, New Jersey, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

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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: Nec timeo nec sperno
Motto Translation: I neither fear nor despise.

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The Daniels Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Daniels 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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