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On the western coast of Scotland and on the Hebrides islands the Donaldson family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from a powerful ruler. The name Donald is derived from the Gaelic name Domhnull, or MacDhomhnuill, and the Celtic name Dubnovalos, all of which mean "world ruler" or "world-mighty". The name ranks second only to John in its popularity as a personal name in Scotland.

Donaldson Early Origins



The surname Donaldson was first found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Donaldson Spelling Variations


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Donaldson Spelling Variations



In various documents Donaldson has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. Donald, Donaldson, Doneld, Donnald, Donnaldson and others.

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Donaldson Early History


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Donaldson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Donaldson research. Another 302 words (22 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Donaldson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Donaldson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Donaldson Early Notables (pre 1700)



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Donaldson In Ireland


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Donaldson In Ireland



Some of the Donaldson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Donaldson or a variant listed above:

Donaldson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Walter Donaldson, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Donaldson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Donaldson, who arrived in Maryland in 1716 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Charles Donaldson, who settled in Maryland in 1716 along with Hugh, James, Jane, John, Mary, Peter, and Thomas
  • Charles Donaldson, who landed in Maryland in 1716 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Robert Donaldson, who landed in Georgia in 1765 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Marrion Donaldson, aged 42, who landed in New York in 1775 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Donaldson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Colin Donaldson, who arrived in Jamaica in 1801 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Richard Donaldson, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1802 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Beli Donaldson, aged 36, who arrived in Delaware in 1803 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Robert_ Donaldson, who arrived in America in 1805 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Jane Donaldson, aged 6, who landed in New York, NY in 1806 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Donaldson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • David Donaldson, who landed in Canada in 1815
  • JUrnes Donaldson, who arrived in Canada in 1815
  • Thomas Donaldson, who landed in Canada in 1815
  • Dun. Donaldson, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
  • Andrew Donaldson, aged 59, a farmer, who arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Edinburgh" in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Donaldson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Matthew Donaldson, Scottish convict from Perth, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  • Catherine Donaldson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Helen Thompson" in 1840 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HELEN THOMPSON 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840HelenThompson.gif
  • James Donaldson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Helen Thompson" in 1840 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HELEN THOMPSON 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840HelenThompson.gif
  • Jane Donaldson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BOLTON 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Bolton.htm
  • Thomas Donaldson, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Royal Archer" in 1848 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL ARCHER 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848RoyalArcher.gif
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Donaldson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Donaldson, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Margaret Donaldson, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Jane" in 1841
  • Robert Donaldson, aged 21, a farmer, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
  • James Donaldson, aged 34, a ploughman, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865
  • Catherine Donaldson, aged 33, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Donaldson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Donaldson (post 1700)



  • Brigadier-General William Henry Jr. Donaldson (1894-1948), American Commanding Officer Seattle Port of Embarkation (1947-1948) [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 24) William Donaldson. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Donaldson/William_Henry_Jr./USA.html
  • Sergeant Michael A. Donaldson (1884-1970), United States Army soldier awarded the Medal of Honor
  • Walter Donaldson (1893-1947), American composer
  • Professor Gordon Donaldson (1913-1993), Scottish historian
  • Walter Donaldson (1907-1973), Scottish professional snooker player
  • Sir James Donaldson (1831-1915), Scottish educational administrator
  • James Donaldson (1751-1830), Scottish newspaper proprietor
  • Peter Ian Donaldson (1945-2015), Egyptian-born British newsreader and radio broadcaster (BBC Radio 4)
  • Geoff Donaldson (1914-2013), Australian oil executive, founder and Chairman of Woodside Petroleum (1956-1984)
  • Peter Donaldson (1953-2011), Canadian Genie award winning actor
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Donaldson Historic Events


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Donaldson Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. John Donaldson, British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914 [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Walter M H Donaldson (b. 1918), Scottish Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Edinburgh, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking [8]CITATION[CLOSE]
    H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. John Donaldson, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [9]CITATION[CLOSE]
    HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html

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Suggested Readings for the name Donaldson


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Suggested Readings for the name Donaldson



  • Donaldson [Genealogical Notes on the Donaldson Family and Its Maternal Lines, Mcfarland, Winchester, Johnston and Dorsey] by John Wilcox Donaldson.

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Motto



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, by land.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HELEN THOMPSON 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840HelenThompson.gif
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BOLTON 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Bolton.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ROYAL ARCHER 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848RoyalArcher.gif
  6. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 24) William Donaldson. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Donaldson/William_Henry_Jr./USA.html
  7. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  8. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  9. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html

Other References

  1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  2. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  3. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  4. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  5. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  6. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  7. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  10. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
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The Donaldson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Donaldson 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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