The MacDanial 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 MacDanial is derived from the personal name Donald.
The name MacDanial 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 MacDanial family
The surname MacDanial was first found in Argyleshire, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the MacDanial family
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MacDanial Spelling Variations
Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations
. MacDanial has been written as MacDaniel, MacDaniell, MacDanell and others.
Early Notables of the MacDanial family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacDanial family to Ireland
Some of the MacDanial family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 87 words (6 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 MacDanial family to the New World and Oceana
The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan
societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name MacDanial or a variant listed above include: 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 MacDanial 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.