The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name McDanal is the personal name Donald.
The name McDanal results from an erroneous Anglicization of the Gaelic name Mac Dhomnuill,
which means son of Donald
and is normally Anglicized MacDonald.
The confusion is a result of the similar sound of the given names Daniel
Early Origins of the McDanal family
The surname McDanal was first found in Argyleshire, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the McDanal family
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McDanal Spelling Variations
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 McDanal has appeared as MacDaniel, MacDaniell, MacDanell and others.
Early Notables of the McDanal family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McDanal family to Ireland
Some of the McDanal family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the McDanal family to the New World and Oceana
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 McDanal were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown: Daniel MacDanell settled in New England
in 1716; Angus
, Anne, Dan, John and Mary MacDaniel settled in Maryland in 1747; Edward, Hugh, Isaac MacDaniel settled in Boston in 1769.
The McDanal 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: Toujours pret
Motto Translation: Always ready.