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Dunnwell is one of the names derived from the families of the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland. It 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.

Early Origins of the Dunnwell family


The surname Dunnwell 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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Early History of the Dunnwell family

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Early History of the Dunnwell family


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Dunnwell Spelling Variations

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

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Early Notables of the Dunnwell family (pre 1700)

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Early Notables of the Dunnwell family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Dunnwell family to Ireland

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Migration of the Dunnwell family to Ireland


Some of the Dunnwell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Dunnwell family to the New World and Oceana

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Migration of the Dunnwell family to the New World and Oceana


The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Dunnwell arrived in North America very early: John MacDonnell, who settled in Virginia in 1650; and of course, the large settlement of MacDonnells who settled in Canada.

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The Dunnwell Motto

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The Dunnwell 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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