from whom the McDannels family descends began among the ancient Dalriadan kingdom of the west coast of Scotland
. Their name comes from the personal name Donald.
The name McDannels 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 McDannels family
The surname McDannels was first found in Argyleshire, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the McDannels family
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McDannels Spelling Variations
Historical recordings of the name McDannels include many spelling variations
. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include MacDaniel, MacDaniell, MacDanell and others.
Early Notables of the McDannels family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McDannels family to Ireland
Some of the McDannels family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the McDannels family to the New World and Oceana
Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence
. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan
societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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 McDannels 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.
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