In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides
islands, the ancestors of the MacDonnald family were born. Their name comes from the Anglicized version of the Gaelic personal name Mac Dhomhnuill.
MacDonnald is a patronymic
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. The surname MacDonnald arose from the vernacular naming tradition, whereby surnames were formed by adopting the given name of one's father, or another ancestor. This name was first found in Kintyre
, where members of this family had resided for many years.
Early Origins of the MacDonnald family
The surname MacDonnald was first found in Kintyre
, and much of the Eastern islands and coast-lands where members of this Clan
, descended through Somerled, Lord of the Isles and had resided for many years.
Early History of the MacDonnald family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacDonnald research.Another 435 words (31 lines of text) covering the years 1336, 1386, 1423, 1437, 1449, 1603, and 1692 are included under the topic Early MacDonnald History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacDonnald Spelling Variations
In various documents MacDonnald has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. MacDonald, Macdonald, McDonald, Donaldson, MacDonny and many more.
Early Notables of the MacDonnald family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was John of Islay
, or John MacDonald, (d. 1386), who was the Lord of the Isles (1336-86) and chief of Clan... Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacDonnald Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacDonnald family to Ireland
Some of the MacDonnald family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 164 words (12 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 MacDonnald family to the New World and Oceana
The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan
societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name MacDonnald or a variant listed above include: Daniel Macdonald, who came to New Jersey sometime between 1730 and 1749; Angus
McDonald who settled in Virginia in 1746; Norman and Elizabeth Macdonald, and their two children who settled in Georgia in 1741.
The MacDonnald 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 and by land.