Show ContentsGonell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Gonell 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 Gonell is derived from the Gaelic word Mac-Dhomhnaill, which translates to mean the son of the mightiest one in the world.

Early Origins of the Gonell family

The surname Gonell was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Gonell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gonell research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the year 1546 is included under the topic Early Gonell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gonell 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 Gonell has been spelled MacConnell, MacConnal, MacConnel, Connell and others.

Early Notables of the Gonell family

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was

  • William Gonell (d. 1546?), was an English scholar and correspondent of Erasmus, a native of Landbeach, Cambridgeshire[1]...

Ireland Migration of the Gonell family to Ireland

Some of the Gonell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 35 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Gonell family

Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. 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 Gonell were among those contributors: Alexander, Arthur, Andrew, Francis, George, Henry, John, James, Neil, Patrick, Robert, Thomas and William MacConnell all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1800 and 1870.

  1. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook