The McDanial family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland
. The name McDanial is derived from the personal name Donald.
The name McDanial 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 McDanial family
The surname McDanial was first found in Argyleshire, where they held a family seat
from early times.
Early History of the McDanial family
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McDanial 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. McDanial has appeared in various documents spelled MacDaniel, MacDaniell, MacDanell and others.
Early Notables of the McDanial family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McDanial family to Ireland
Some of the McDanial family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the McDanial family to the New World and Oceana
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 McDanial or a variant listed above: 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 McDanial 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.