Origins Available: Irish
The MacDowall family name comes from the personal name
Dougal. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Dhughaill and literally means "son of Dougal." The personal name Dougal, meaning "dark stranger."
Early Origins of the MacDowall family
The surname MacDowall 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 early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
Early History of the MacDowall family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacDowall research.Another 386 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1268, 1310, 1359, and 1363 are included under the topic Early MacDowall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacDowall Spelling Variations
The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations
, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years MacDowall has appeared as MacDowall, MacDowell, MacDugald, MacDill, Dowall, Dowler and many more.
Early Notables of the MacDowall family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacDowall family to Ireland
Some of the MacDowall family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 106 words (8 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 MacDowall family to the New World and Oceana
Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence
broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan
societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The MacDowall were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:
MacDowall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Andrew MacDowall and his wife settled in Charleston in 1821
MacDowall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mary MacDowall, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajah" in 1849 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJAH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Rajah.htm
MacDowall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William MacDowall, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
- Clementina MacDowall, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
- Jessie MacDowall, aged 4, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
- Robert MacDowall, aged 1, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bengal Merchant" in 1840
Contemporary Notables of the name MacDowall (post 1700)
- Robert MacDowall, British Physiologist
The MacDowall 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: Vincere vel mori
Motto Translation: Victory