Dugal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The old Scottish-Dalriadan name Dugal is derived from the personal name Dougal. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Dhughaill and literally means son of Dougal.

Early Origins of the Dugal family

The surname Dugal 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 were descended from Dugall eldest son of Somerled, first Lord of the Isles, and his son Duncan who received the lands of Lorn.The Clan was a bitter foe of Robert the Bruce, who made a narrow escape during one battle with the MacDougals only by discarding his cloak. The brooch of this cloak, now known as the Brooch of Lorn, is a treasured possession of the Chief of the Clan. The Clan faced heavy retaliation and was stripped of their lands once Robert the Bruce secured the Scottish throne. The lands were restored to the Clan upon the death of the king, but passed to the Stewarts in 1388 when the last member of the senior branch of MacDougals died without issue.

Early History of the Dugal family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dugal research. Another 154 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1175, 1244 and 1316 are included under the topic Early Dugal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dugal Spelling Variations

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 Dugal include MacDougall, MacDowall, MacDowell, MacDugald, MacDill and many more.

Early Notables of the Dugal family (pre 1700)

Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Dugal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Dugal family to Ireland

Some of the Dugal family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Dugal migration to the United States +

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 Dugal were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Dugal Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Dugal, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]

Canada Dugal migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dugal Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Charles Dugal, who married in Saint-Augustin in 1742
  • Marie-Anne Dugal married in Quebec in 1746
  • Joseph Dugal married in Quebec in 1748
  • Augustin Dugal married in Quebec in 1749
  • Elizabeth Dugal, who was born in Baie-Sainte-Marie, Quebec in 1764
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Dugal Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Angelique Dugal married in Montreal in 1804
  • Charles Dugal married in Chateau-Richer, Quebec in 1845
  • Charles Dugal, a lawyer in Quebec from 1816 to 1855
  • Felix Dugal de Valois was a lawyer in Quebec from 1844 to 1855

Australia Dugal migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dugal Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mary Dugal, aged 22, a dairymaid, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"

Contemporary Notables of the name Dugal (post 1700) +

  • Jules Dugal, Canadian head coach of the Montreal Canadiens (1938-1939) and General Manager of the Montreal Canadiens (1939-1940)
  • Louis-Paul Dugal, Canadian physiologist and biologist, who lives in Levis, Quebec


The Dugal 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: Buaidh no bàs
Motto Translation: Victory or death


  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)


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