Scotland and on the Hebrides islands the Dunnill family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. 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 Dunnill family
Early History of the Dunnill family
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Dunnill Spelling Variations
spelling variations. MacDonnell, MacDonnel, McDonnell, MacDonell and others.
Early Notables of the Dunnill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Dunnill family to Ireland
Some of the Dunnill family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Dunnill family to the New World and Oceana
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Dunnill or a variant listed above: John MacDonnell, who settled in Virginia in 1650; and of course, the large settlement of MacDonnells who settled in Canada.
Contemporary Notables of the name Dunnill (post 1700)
The Dunnill 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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