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The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in Scotland were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. Scottish patronymic names emerged as early as the mid-9th century. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. The surname Daniel is derived from the ancient name Daniel, which means God has judged.

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The surname Daniel was first found in Gloucestershire where Alicia Daniel was one of the first records of the name was found temp. Henry III to Edward I. Simon Danyel was later found in Somerset. [1] "The church [of Beckingon, Somerset] contains the remains of Samuel Daniel, poet-laureate and historian, who died here in 1619." [2] Some of the family were found in Yorkshire in early times. The Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list: Beatrix Danyell; Robertus Danyell; Thomas Daniell; Oliva Danyl; and Teffan Danyll. [1] "In Devonshire the name of Daniel is now best represented in the Holsworthy district. There was a John Daneyll, of "Brighe broke," in the hundred of Wonford, Devon, in the 13th century." [3] Up in Scotland, the surname recorded in Aberdeen as both a forename and surname. "Daniel, son of Herleuine, witnessed a charter by Uchtred, son of Fergus, lord of Galloway, c. 1166, and another early individual of the name gave origin to the ancient barony of Danzielstoun in the parish of Kilmalcolm. By the Gaels this name was adopted as an equivalent for Donald." [4]

The frequent translations of surnames from and into Gaelic, accounts for the multitude of spelling variations found in Scottish surnames. Furthermore, the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent because medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules. The different versions of a surname, such as the inclusion of the patronymic prefix "Mac", frequently indicated a religious or Clan affiliation, or even a division of the family. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into Scotland, accelerating accentuating the alterations to various surnames. The name Daniel has also been spelled Daniels, Daniell, Daneil, Danyell, Danel, Daniers, Danyei and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Daniel research. Another 479 words (34 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1198, 1148, 1279, 1379, 1789, 1562, 1619, 1626, 1681, 1660, 1681, 1681, 1646, 1718, 1669, 1703 and 1705 are included under the topic Early Daniel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 173 words (12 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Daniel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first North American settlers with Daniel name or one of its variants:

Daniel Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Mr. Daniel who settled in Virginia in 1606
  • Thomas Daniel, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • John Daniel and his son settled in Barbados in 1678

Daniel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Daniel Daniel, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • James Daniel, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766
  • Alex and Francis Daniel settled in Maryland in 1774

Daniel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Mary Daniel, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • Michael Daniel, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • Owen Daniel, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • T Daniel, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Tho Daniel, who landed in New York, NY in 1816


Daniel Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Daniel lived in Chamballon, Quebec in 1695

Daniel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Madeleine Daniel married in 1709 in Boucherville, Quebec
  • Jean Daniel, who landed in Canada in 1738
  • Mr. Timothy Daniel U.E. who settled in Charlotee County, New Brunswick c. 1783
  • Mr. Joel Daniel U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784

Daniel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Mary Daniel, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Eliza Ruth Daniel arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837
  • James Moore Daniel arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837
  • Eliza Daniel arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837
  • Thomas Robert Burt Daniel arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "John Renwick" in 1837


Daniel Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Ailan Daniel landed in Rangitikei, New Zealand in 1840
  • A. Daniel arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1861
  • John Daniel, aged 34, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875
  • Eliza Daniel, aged 33, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875
  • Clara Daniel, aged 10, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rodney" in 1875


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  • Rollin Augustus "Rod" Daniel III (1942-2016), American three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated television and film director, known for Teen Wolf (1985), Beethoven's 2nd (1993), K-9 (1989) and Home Alone 4 (2002)
  • Mr. Robert Williams Daniel, aged 27, American First Class passenger from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping in life boat 3
  • Brigadier-General Maurice Wiley Daniel (1896-1986), American Acting Chief of Staff, 4th Army (1949)
  • William Partlow Daniel (1915-2006), Governor of Guam and Democratic member of the Texas House of Representatives
  • Marion Price Daniel Sr. (1910-1988), Democratic U.S. Senator and the 38th Governor of the state of Texas
  • Jasper Newton "Jack" Daniel (1846-1911), American distiller and the founder of Jack Daniel's Tennessee whiskey distillery
  • Mr. Frank Daniel, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Kevin Henry Daniel (1912-1941), Australian Ordnance Artificer 4th Class from Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Simeon Daniel (1935-2012), Saint Kitts and Nevis politician, Premier of Nevis (19831992)
  • Glyn Edmund Daniel (1914-1986), Welsh archaeologist and Disney Professor of Archaeology at Cambridge from 1974 to 1981

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  • John Daniel, Sr., 1724-1819, of Essex County, Virginia and Laurens County, South Carolina: His Virginia Ancestry and Some of His Descendants by Christine Gee.
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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: Nec timeo nec sperno
Motto Translation: I neither fear nor despise.

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  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Other References

  1. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  2. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  7. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Daniel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Daniel Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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