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The Donnell family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland. The name Donnell is derived from the personal name Donald. the surname is derived from the Gaelic Mac Dhomhnuill, which means son of Donald; it is a form of the surname MacDonald.

Donnell Early Origins



The surname Donnell was first found in Inverness, where the origins of this name can be traced back to Somerled, Regulus of the Isles, who evicted the Norsemen from the Western Isles during the 12th century. From him is descended John Macdonald, first Lord of the Isles, and it was MacDonald's younger son, Ranald, who was the progenitor of Clanrald, which includes the families of Moidart, Morar, Knoidart and Glengarry. The MacDonells are from this last branch. It is from Ranald's son, Donald, that the MacDonell's take their name (Son of Donald). There is also a branch of the MacDonells that claim Ranald's other son, Alistair, as its progenitor (the Keppoch branch).

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Donnell Spelling Variations


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Donnell 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 Donnell has been spelled MacDonnell, MacDonnel, McDonnell, MacDonell and others.

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Donnell Early History


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Donnell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Donnell research. Another 751 words (54 lines of text) covering the years 1411, 1575, 1672, 1647, 1745, 1749, 1794, 1812 and 1790 are included under the topic Early Donnell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Donnell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Donnell Early Notables (pre 1700)



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Donnell In Ireland


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Donnell In Ireland



Some of the Donnell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North Ameri ca. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Donnell were among those contributors:

Donnell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Donnell, who landed in New England in 1652
  • Margarett Donnell, who landed in Virginia in 1658
  • Samuel Donnell, who landed in New England in 1692
  • Wager Donnell, who arrived in Virginia in 1697

Donnell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Donnell, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Terrence Donnell, who landed in New York in 1789
  • Thomas Donnell, who arrived in Mississippi in 1798

Donnell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Donnell, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1801
  • Monassas Donnell, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Elizabeth Donnell, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Dennis Donnell, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Andrew Donnell, aged 22, arrived in New York in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Donnell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Donnell, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • Neal Donnell, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Bartley" in 1833
  • Anne Donnell, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1833
  • Lydia Donnell arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834
  • Elline Donnell, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1836
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Donnell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Donnell, a currier, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Edward Donnell, a blacksmith, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Margaret Donnell, aged 22, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Royal Charlie"
  • Edward Donnell, aged 38, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Coromandel"
  • Hugh Donnell, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Donnell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Philip Donnell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm
  • Mary Donnell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm
  • Margaret Donnell arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alfred" in 1864 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm
  • Joseph Donnell, aged 22, a ploughman, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870

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Contemporary Notables of the name Donnell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Donnell (post 1700)



  • Jean Marie "Jeff" Donnell (1921-1988), American actress, comedy and dramatist, she adopted the nickname "Jeff" after the character in her favorite comic strip, Mutt and Jeff, more recently known for her role as Aunt May Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man (1977)
  • Larry Donnell (b. 1988), American NFL football tight end for the New York Giants (2012-)
  • Richard Spaight Donnell (1820-1867), American politician, Congressional Representative from North Carolina, grandson of founding father Richard Dobbs Spaight
  • Colin Donnell (b. 1982), American actor best known for his roles as Billy Crocker in Anything Goes and the leading role of Tommy Merlyn in the television series Arrow
  • Ensign Earl Roe Donnell (1918-1942), American seaman killed in action while serving in Scouting Squadron 6 aboard the aircraft carrier Enterprise (CV-6), eponym of the USS Donnell (DE-56), a Buckley-class destroyer escort
  • John Randolph Donnell (1912-2004), American oilman, banker and philanthropist, 1958 recipient of the Silver Buffalo Award and awarded the Bronze Wolf by the World Organization of the Scout Movement
  • James C. Donnell (1854-1927), Irish-born, American industrialist, President of The Ohio Oil Company (1911-1927)
  • Harry Ellingwood Donnell (1867-1959), American Beaux-Arts architect
  • Forrest C. Donnell (1884-1980), United States Senator, 40th Governor of Missouri (1945-1951)
  • Alison Donnell, British academic, Professor of Modern Literatures in English and Head of School of Literature and Languages at the University of Reading
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Donnell Historic Events


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Donnell Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Francis Donnell, British Corporal, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking, was wounded in action

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Motto


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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 water and land.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Archives New Zealand Micro 5019. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Alfred. Retrieved from http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ourstuff/Alfred1864.htm

Other References

  1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  2. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  3. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  7. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  9. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  10. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
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The Donnell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Donnell 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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