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The McCannell family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name McCannell is derived from the Gaelic word Mac-Dhomhnaill, which translates to mean the son of the mightiest one in the world.

McCannell Early Origins



The surname McCannell was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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McCannell Spelling Variations


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McCannell Spelling Variations



Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. McCannell has appeared in various documents spelled MacConnell, MacConnal, MacConnel, Connell and others.

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McCannell Early History


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McCannell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McCannell research. Another 202 words (14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McCannell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McCannell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McCannell Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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McCannell In Ireland


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McCannell In Ireland



Some of the McCannell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 134 words (10 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



Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name McCannell or a variant listed above: Alexander, Arthur, Andrew, Francis, George, Henry, John, James, Neil, Patrick, Robert, Thomas and William MacConnell all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1800 and 1870.

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Contemporary Notables of the name McCannell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McCannell (post 1700)



  • Doreen McCannell Botterill (b. 1947), Canadian speed skater at the 1964 and 1968 Winter Olympics, inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame

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