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The MacDonnell 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 MacDonnell is derived 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.

MacDonnell Early Origins



The surname MacDonnell 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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MacDonnell Spelling Variations


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

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MacDonnell Early History


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MacDonnell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacDonnell 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 MacDonnell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacDonnell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacDonnell Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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MacDonnell In Ireland


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MacDonnell In Ireland



Some of the MacDonnell 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



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 MacDonnell or a variant listed above include:

MacDonnell Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John MacDonnell, who settled in Virginia in 1650

MacDonnell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Macdonnell, who landed in New York in 1773

MacDonnell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James MacDonnell, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
  • Judith MacDonnell, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Margaret MacDonnell, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Michael MacDonnell, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Robert MacDonnell, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

MacDonnell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Patrick MacDonnell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Abberton" in 1846

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacDonnell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacDonnell (post 1700)



  • Raymond Arthur "Ray" MacDonnell (b. 1928), American actor, best known for his role as Dr. Joe Martin on the daytime soap opera All My Children
  • Norman Macdonnell (1916-1979), American radio and television producer, bets known for his work on Gunsmoke (1955) and The Virginian (1962)
  • Mickey MacDonnell (1902-1983), American football player
  • John L. MacDonnell, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from New York County 15th District, 1920
  • General Sir James Macdonnell GCB, KMT, KCH (1781-1857), Scottish military officer who fought at the Battle of Waterloo
  • Alestair Ruadh MacDonnell (1725-1761), chief of Clan MacDonell of Glengarry, a Scottish Jacobite who has been identified by Andrew Lang as the secret agent "Pickle," who acted as a spy on Prince Charles Edward after 1750
  • Sir Richard Graves MacDonnell KCMG, CB (1814-1881), Irish lawyer, judge and colonial governor, 6th Governor of Hong Kong (1866-1872), 31st Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia (1864-1865)
  • James MacKerras Macdonnell PC CC (1884-1973), Canadian lawyer and parliamentarian, Member of the Canadian Parliament for Muskoka, Ontario (1945-1949)
  • Sir Antony Patrick MacDonnell GCSI, KCVO, (1844-1925), 1st Baron MacDonnell, Irish civil servant, Permanent Under-Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (1902-1908); Member of the Council of India (1902); Privy Councillor (1902); Lieutenant-Governor of the United Provinces of Agra and Oudh (1895-1901); Lieutenant-Governor of Bengal (1893-1895)
  • Dr Richard MacDonnell (1787-1867), Irish Reformist 29th Provost of Trinity College, Dublin
  • ... (Another 4 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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    Other References

    1. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
    2. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    6. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    10. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    11. ...

    The MacDonnell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacDonnell 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.

    This page was last modified on 15 January 2016 at 11:56.

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