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The Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the Dunnell family. Their name comes 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.

Dunnell Early Origins



The surname Dunnell 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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Dunnell Spelling Variations


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Dunnell Spelling Variations



Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Dunnell has been written as MacDonnell, MacDonnel, McDonnell, MacDonell and others.

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Dunnell Early History


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Dunnell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunnell 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 Dunnell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dunnell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Dunnell Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Dunnell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Dunnell In Ireland


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Dunnell In Ireland



Some of the Dunnell 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



Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Dunnell or a variant listed above:

Dunnell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Henry Dunnell, aged 23, arrived in Virginia in 1635

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Contemporary Notables of the name Dunnell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Dunnell (post 1700)



  • Mark Hill Dunnell (1823-1904), American politician, Morton S. Wilkinson U.S. Representative from Minnesota (18711883) and (1889-1891)
  • Robert Chester Dunnell (1947-2010), American archaeologist
  • Sir Robert Francis Dunnell KCB (1868-1960), 1st Baronet, an English solicitor, civil servant and railway executive
  • Dame Karen Hope Dunnell DCB (b. 1946), American-born, British National Statistician and Chief Executive of the Office for National Statistics of the United Kingdom
  • Milt Dunnell (1905-2008), Canadian sportswriter at the Toronto Star, inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1991

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Dunnell Historic Events


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Dunnell Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Graham G Dunnell (b. 1921), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Birmingham, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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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



    Other References

    1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    2. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    3. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    4. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    5. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    6. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    9. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    10. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
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    The Dunnell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dunnell 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.

    This page was last modified on 5 November 2013 at 16:23.

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