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Where did the Scottish Madole family come from? What is the Scottish Madole family crest and coat of arms? When did the Madole family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Madole family history?

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.

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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.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Madole research. Another 307 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1175, 1244 and 1316 are included under the topic Early Madole History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 73 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Madole Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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.

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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

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  • James Hartung Madole (1927-1979), American leader of the National Renaissance Party


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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 bąs
Motto Translation: Victory or death

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