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

The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name McConnell is the Gaelic word Mac-Dhomhnaill, which translates to mean the son of the mightiest one in the world.

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The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years McConnell has appeared as MacConnell, MacConnal, MacConnel, Connell and others.

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

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More information is included under the topic Early McConnell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the McConnell 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.

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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 McConnell were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

McConnell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Adam McConnell, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773

McConnell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Barney McConnell, aged 40, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Michael McConnell, aged 32, landed in New York in 1812
  • Patrick McConnell, aged 37, landed in New York in 1812
  • Robert McConnell, aged 19, landed in New York in 1812
  • Terry McConnell, aged 31, arrived in New York in 1812


McConnell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • George McConnell, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1773

McConnell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Merinus McConnell, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • John McConnell, aged 28, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Shane McConnell, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Mary McConnell, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • John McConnell, aged 24, a shoemaker, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Quintin Leitch" in 1833


McConnell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Simon McConnell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Britannia" in 1846
  • C. McConnell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orator" in 1849
  • Elizabeth McConnell, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "David Malcolm"
  • James McConnell, aged 23, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"
  • Henry McConnell, aged 19, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Agincourt"


McConnell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James McConnell, aged 33, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • Mary McConnell, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • William McConnell, aged 9, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • Margaret McConnell, aged 2, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • Mary McConnell, aged 3 mths., arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864


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  • Brigadier-General Frank Charles McConnell (1898-1981), American Commanding Officer 32nd Anti-Aircraft Artillery Brigade (1945-1946)
  • John P. McConnell (1908-1986), former U.S. Air Force Chief of Staff and general
  • John H. McConnell (1923-2008), American industrialist, philanthropist, and founder of the Columbus Blue Jackets
  • John Michael "Mike" McConnell (b. 1943), former vice admiral in the United States Navy
  • Fred and Thomas McConnell, American Air Force pilots and World War II veterans, eponym of McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas
  • Addison Mitchell "Mitch" McConnell Jr. (b. 1942), senior United States Senator from Kentucky
  • Harden M. McConnell (b. 1927), American physical chemist and co-winner of the 1983/84 Wolf Prize in Chemistry
  • Page Samuel McConnell (b. 1963), American pianist/organist/keyboardist for the rock band Phish
  • Joseph Christopher McConnell Jr. (1922-1954), American Air Force flying ace
  • Scott McConnell (b. 1952), American journalist

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  • Ancestors and Descendants of Myron and Bessie McConnell by Joy L. McConnell.
  • The McConnell Family by John G. Martin.
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The McConnell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McConnell 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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