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The MacAl family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland. The name MacAl is derived from the Gaelic surname of Scottish origin, which means son of the battle chief.

MacAl Early Origins



The surname MacAl was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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MacAl Spelling Variations


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MacAl Spelling Variations



Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents MacAl has been spelled MacAll, MacColl, MacCole, MacCall, MacAul, Mccall and others.

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MacAl Early History


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MacAl Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacAl research. Another 273 words (20 lines of text) covering the year 1602 is included under the topic Early MacAl History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacAl Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacAl Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early MacAl Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacAl In Ireland


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MacAl In Ireland



Some of the MacAl family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 158 words (11 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



Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name MacAl were among those contributors: Andrew and Catherine MacCall settled in Boston in 1849; Andrew, Denis, Hugh, James, John, Patrick, Robert and William MacCall all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.

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MacAl Family Crest Products


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