McConald is one of the names derived from the families of the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland
. It is derived from the Anglicized version of the Gaelic personal name Mac Dhomhnuill.
McConald is a patronymic
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. The surname McConald 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 McConald family
The surname McConald 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 McConald family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McConald research.Another 300 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1336, 1386, 1423, 1437, 1449, 1603, and 1692 are included under the topic Early McConald History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McConald 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 McConald has been spelled MacDonald, Macdonald, McDonald, Donaldson, MacDonny and many more.
Early Notables of the McConald 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 McConald Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McConald family to Ireland
Some of the McConald family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 66 words (5 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 McConald family to the New World and Oceana
The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence
, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name McConald arrived in North America very early: 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 McConald 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.
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