Origins Available: Irish
The sea-swept Hebrides
islands and the west coast of Scotland
, made up the ancient Dalriadan kingdom, the ancestral home of the McDanel family. Their name comes from the personal name Donald.
The name McDanel results from an erroneous Anglicization of the Gaelic name Mac Dhomnuill,
which means son of Donald
and is normally Anglicized MacDonald.
The confusion is a result of the similar sound of the given names Daniel
Early Origins of the McDanel family
The surname McDanel was first found in Argyleshire, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the McDanel family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McDanel research.Another 311 words (22 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McDanel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McDanel Spelling Variations
Many spelling variations
of McDanel have been recorded over the years, including These are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. MacDaniel, MacDaniell, MacDanell and others.
Early Notables of the McDanel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McDanel family to Ireland
Some of the McDanel family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 87 words (6 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 McDanel 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 McDanel family emigrate to North America: Daniel MacDanell settled in New England
in 1716; Angus
, Anne, Dan, John and Mary MacDaniel settled in Maryland in 1747; Edward, Hugh, Isaac MacDaniel settled in Boston in 1769.
The McDanel 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: Toujours pret
Motto Translation: Always ready.