MacConnall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland spawned the name MacConnall. It 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 MacConnall family

The surname MacConnall 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 MacConnall family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacConnall research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 154 and 1546 are included under the topic Early MacConnall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacConnall Spelling Variations

In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. MacConnall has appeared as MacConnell, MacConnal, MacConnel, Connell and others.

Early Notables of the MacConnall family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the MacConnall family to Ireland

Some of the MacConnall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States MacConnall migration to the United States +

Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The MacConnall were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

MacConnall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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