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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


The sea-swept Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the MacDonell family. Their name comes 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.

MacDonell Early Origins



The surname MacDonell 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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MacDonell Spelling Variations


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MacDonell 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. MacDonell has been written as MacDonnell, MacDonnel, McDonnell, MacDonell and others.

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MacDonell Early History


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MacDonell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacDonell research. Another 751 words (54 lines of text) covering the years 1411, 1575, 1672, 1647, 1745, 1749, 1794, 1812 and 1790 are included under the topic Early MacDonell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacDonell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacDonell Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early MacDonell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacDonell In Ireland


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MacDonell In Ireland



Some of the MacDonell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name MacDonell or a variant listed above:

MacDonell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Macdonell, who landed in Virginia in 1650
  • Sander Macdonell, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1651

MacDonell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Of Leek MacDonell, who arrived in New York in 1773
  • John Scotus Macdonell, who landed in New York in 1773
  • Margaret Macdonell, who arrived in New York in 1773
  • Mary MacDonell, who arrived in New York in 1773
  • Ranald MacDonell, who landed in New York in 1773
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

MacDonell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Alexander MacDonell U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Allan MacDonell U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Donald MacDonell U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. John MacDonell U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Capt. Miles MacDonell U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacDonell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacDonell (post 1700)



  • Bishop William Andrew Macdonell (1853-1920), American-born, Roman Catholic Bishop of Alexandria in Ontario, Canada
  • Alex D. MacDonell, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1940
  • Angus MacDonell (1751-1817), Scottish-born, soldier and political figure in Upper Canada
  • James Macdonell (1841-1879), Scottish journalist
  • Donald Macdonell (1778-1861), Scottish-born, political figure in Upper Canada
  • Miles MacDonell (d. 1828), first governor of the Red River Colony (or Assiniboia), a 19th-century Scottish settlement western North America
  • Alastair Ruadh Macdonell (1724-1761), Jacobite
  • John Edward MacDonell (b. 1966), Past President of the Progressive Conservative Association of Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Sir John Macdonell K.C.B. (1846-1921), British jurist
  • Donald Greenfield MacDonell (1849-1916), Canadian lawyer and political figure in Ontario
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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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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MacDonell Clan Badge


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MacDonell Clan Badge




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MacDonell Clan Badge

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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name MacDonell
Caldan, Caldand, Caldane, Caldant, Calden, Caldend, Caldent, Caldind, Caldint, Caldyn, Caldynd, Callyn, Caltan, Caltand, Caltane, Caltant, Calten, Caltend, Caltent, Caltind, Caltint, Caltyn, Caltynd, Caulan, Cauland, Caulane, Caulant, Caulen, Caulend, Caulent, Caulind, Caulint, Caulyn, Caulynd, Cawan, Cawand, Cawane, Cawant, Cawend, Cawent, Cawind, Cawint, Cawlan, Cawland, Cawlane, Cawlant, Cawlen, Cawlend, Cawlent, Cawlind and more.

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See Also


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Citations


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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  2. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  5. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  6. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
  7. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
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The MacDonell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacDonell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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