Show ContentsMcCardell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic versions of today's Irish names demonstrate a proud, ancient past. The original Gaelic form of the name McCardell is Mac Ardghail, from the word "ardghal," which means "high valor."

Early Origins of the McCardell family

The surname McCardell was first found in County Louth (Irish: Lú) the smallest county in Ireland, located on the East coast, in the Province of Leinster, where they held a family seat from very ancient times.

Early History of the McCardell family

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McCardell Spelling Variations

Pronunciation, rather than spelling, guided scribes and church officials when recording names during the Middle Ages. This practice often resulted in one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname McCardell are preserved in these old documents. The various spellings of the name that were found include Cardle, McCardle, Cardell, McCardel, McCardell and others.

Early Notables of the McCardell family

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United States McCardell migration to the United States +

During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the McCardell family in North America:

McCardell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary McCardell, who settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1766

Contemporary Notables of the name McCardell (post 1700) +

  • Roger Morton McCardell (1932-1996), American Major League Baseball player who played for the San Francisco Giants during the 1959 season
  • John Malcolm McCardell Jr. (b. 1949), American academic, Vice Chancellor of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee
  • Roy Larcom McCardell (1870-1940), American journalist, scenarist, humorist and writer
  • Archie R. McCardell (1926-2008), American business leader, Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chairman of the Board at the International Harvester (1977-1982)
  • Claire McCardell (1905-1958), American fashion designer
  • Keenan Wayne McCardell (b. 1970), former American NFL football wide receiver
  • Sandra McCardell, Canadian diplomat, Canada Ambassador to Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (2009-2011) on Facebook