On the Scottish west coast, the MacDanal family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the personal name Donald.
The name MacDanal results from an erroneous Anglicization of the Gaelic name Mac Dhomnuill,
which means son of Donald
and is normally Anglicized MacDonald.
The confusion is a result of the similar sound of the given names Daniel
Early Origins of the MacDanal family
The surname MacDanal was first found in Argyleshire, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the MacDanal family
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MacDanal 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. MacDanal has appeared as MacDaniel, MacDaniell, MacDanell and others.
Early Notables of the MacDanal family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacDanal family to Ireland
Some of the MacDanal family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the MacDanal family to the New World and Oceana
These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence
was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The MacDanal were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Daniel MacDanell settled in New England
in 1716; Angus
, Anne, Dan, John and Mary MacDaniel settled in Maryland in 1747; Edward, Hugh, Isaac MacDaniel settled in Boston in 1769.
The MacDanal 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: Toujours pret
Motto Translation: Always ready.