Dunnell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.
Early Origins of the Dunnell family
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).
Early History of the Dunnell family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dunnell research. Another 376 words (27 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.
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.
Early Notables of the Dunnell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dunnell family to Ireland
Some of the Dunnell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 118 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
| Dunnell migration to the United States ||+|
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, who arrived in Virginia in 1634 aboard the ship "Bonaventure" coming via St. Domingo 
- Mr. Jo Dunnell, (Dunn), aged 26, who arrived in Virginia in 1634 aboard the ship "Bonaventure" coming via St. Domingo 
| Dunnell migration to Australia ||+|
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Dunnell Settlers in Australia in the 20th Century
- Mr. H. C. Dunnell, aged 22, English farm labourer who arrived in Fremantle, Australia aboard the ship "Gothic" in 1912 
- Miss B. Dunnell, who arrived in Melbourne, Australia aboard the ship "Otranto" in 1934 
- Miss Evelyn Dunnell, who arrived in Melbourne, Australia aboard the ship "Strathaird" in 1960 
- Jennifer Dunnell, who arrived in Melbourne, Australia aboard the ship "Strathaird" in 1960 
- Mr. Ronald William Dunnell, who arrived in Melbourne, Australia aboard the ship "Strathaird" in 1960 
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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 (1871–1883) 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
|Historic Events for the Dunnell family ||+|
- Mr. Graham G Dunnell (b. 1921), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Birmingham, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking 
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.
- Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's Retrieved January 6th 2023, retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm
- National Archives of Australia Retrieved 9th February 2023. Retrieved from https://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/SearchNRetrieve/Interface/ListingReports/PassengerListing.aspx
- H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm