Madole History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland spawned the name Madole. It is derived from the personal name Dougal. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Dhughaill and literally means son of Dougal.
Early Origins of the Madole family
The surname Madole was first found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), where they were descended from Dugall eldest son of Somerled, first Lord of the Isles, and his son Duncan who received the lands of Lorn.The Clan was a bitter foe of Robert the Bruce, who made a narrow escape during one battle with the MacDougals only by discarding his cloak. The brooch of this cloak, now known as the Brooch of Lorn, is a treasured possession of the Chief of the Clan. The Clan faced heavy retaliation and was stripped of their lands once Robert the Bruce secured the Scottish throne. The lands were restored to the Clan upon the death of the king, but passed to the Stewarts in 1388 when the last member of the senior branch of MacDougals died without issue.
Early History of the Madole family
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Madole 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. Madole has appeared as MacDougall, MacDowall, MacDowell, MacDugald, MacDill and many more.
Early Notables of the Madole family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Madole family to Ireland
Some of the Madole family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Madole 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 Madole were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:
Madole Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Wm. Madole, aged 18, who arrived in America from Ireland, in 1895
Madole Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- James Madole, aged 30, who arrived in America, in 1921
- George Madole, aged 31, who arrived in America, in 1923
- Hazel Madole, aged 30, who arrived in America, in 1923
Madole migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Madole Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. Thomas Madole, (b. 1838), aged 23, British farm labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Mystery" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 7th January 1862 
- Mr. Robert Madole, (b. 1839), aged 24, Irish farm labourer, form Armagh travelling from London aboard the ship "Metropolis" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th June 1863 
Contemporary Notables of the name Madole (post 1700) +
- James Hartung Madole (1927-1979), American leader of the National Renaissance Party
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The Madole 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: Buaidh no bàs
Motto Translation: Victory or death