The many centuries old Dalriadan-Scottish name Madole comes from the personal name Dougal.
The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Dhughaill
and literally means son of Dougal.
Early Origins of the Madole family
The surname Madole 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 Madole family
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Madole Spelling Variations
Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations
are extremely common among early Scottish names. Madole has been spelled MacDougall, MacDowall, MacDowell, MacDugald, MacDill and many more.
Early Notables of the Madole family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Madole family to Ireland
Some of the Madole family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland
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Migration of the Madole family to the New World and Oceana
Many who arrived from Scotland
settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many settlers who remained loyal to England
went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Madole family emigrate to North America:
Madole Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Wm. Madole, aged 18, who arrived in America from Ireland, in 1895
Madole Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- James Madole, aged 30, who arrived in America, in 1921
- George Madole, aged 31, who arrived in America, in 1923
- Hazel Madole, aged 30, who arrived in America, in 1923
Contemporary Notables of the name Madole (post 1700)
- James Hartung Madole (1927-1979), American leader of the National Renaissance Party