The west coast of Scotland
and the rocky Hebrides
islands are the ancient home of the MacConnel family. The root of their name is the Gaelic word Mac-Dhomhnaill,
which translates to mean the son of the mightiest one in the world.
Early Origins of the MacConnel family
The surname MacConnel was first found in Ayrshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland
, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire
, where they held a family seat
from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the MacConnel family
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MacConnel Spelling Variations
Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations
are extremely common among early Scottish names. MacConnel has been spelled MacConnell, MacConnal, MacConnel, Connell and others.
Early Notables of the MacConnel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacConnel family to Ireland
Some of the MacConnel family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacConnel family to the New World and Oceana
Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence
, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan
societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first MacConnels to arrive in North America:
MacConnel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Arthur, Daniel, Hugh, James, Robert, and Thomas MacConnel all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1860
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