McDaniel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The west coast of Scotland and the rocky Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the McDaniel family. The root of their name is the personal name Donald. The name McDaniel 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 and Donald.

Early Origins of the McDaniel family

The surname McDaniel was first found in Argyleshire, where they held a family seat from early times.

Early History of the McDaniel family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McDaniel research. Another 156 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McDaniel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McDaniel 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. McDaniel has appeared in various documents spelled MacDaniel, MacDaniell, MacDanell and others.

Early Notables of the McDaniel family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McDaniel family to Ireland

Some of the McDaniel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 50 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McDaniel migration to the United States +

Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name McDaniel or a variant listed above:

McDaniel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Darby McDaniel, who arrived in Virginia in 1711 [1]
  • Margaret McDaniel, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • William McDaniel, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [1]
  • Timothy McDaniel, who arrived in New England in 1732 [1]
  • Ann McDaniel, who settled in America in 1739
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
McDaniel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh McDaniel, who arrived in America in 1801 [1]
  • Francis McDaniel, who landed in Maryland in 1809 [1]
  • Alexander McDaniel, aged 23, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1813 [1]
  • Daniel McDaniel, who landed in Maryland in 1843 [1]
  • Michael McDaniel, aged 20, who landed in New York, NY in 1850 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada McDaniel migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McDaniel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Patrick McDaniel, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Patrick McDaniel, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
McDaniel Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Michael McDaniel, aged 33, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Independence" from Kinsale, Ireland
  • Owen McDaniel, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Kelly McDaniel, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland
  • Kelly McDaniel, aged 6 months, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the ship "Edwin" from Dublin, Ireland

Australia McDaniel migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McDaniel Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Daniel McDaniel, Irish convict who was convicted in Carlow, Ireland for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Christian McDaniel, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Nicol" in 1840 [3]
  • Mr. Patrick Mcdaniel, (b. 1823), aged 21, Irish labourer who was convicted in Drogheda, Ireland for 7 years for vagrancy, transported aboard the "Cadet" on 9th April 1844, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name McDaniel (post 1700) +

  • Hattie McDaniel (1895-1952), African-American blues singer, who won Best Supporting Actress for her role as Mammy in "Gone with the Wind"
  • Barry McDaniel (1930-2018), American operatic baritone who spent his career almost exclusively in Germany
  • Major-General Carl Brown McDaniel (1901-1987), American Commanding General 7th Air Force (1945) [5]
  • Brigadier-General Arthur Bee McDaniel (1895-1943), American Chief of Staff, Caribbean Air Force (1941-1942) [6]
  • Henry Dickerson McDaniel (1836-1926), American politician, Governor of Georgia (1883-1886)
  • David McDaniel (1939-1977), American science fiction writer
  • Lyndall Dale "Lindy" McDaniel (b. 1935), American Major League Baseball player
  • Lurlene McDaniel (b. 1948), American novelist
  • William Mcdaniel (1801-1866), American politician, U.S. Representative from Missouri
  • Mildred McDaniel (1933-2004), American athlete, winner of Olympic gold in high jump in 1956
  • ... (Another 48 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The McDaniel 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.


Suggested Readings for the name McDaniel +

  • 274 Our McDaniel Family by Esta McDaniel Lee, McDaniel/McDonald Notes by Ellen Byrne.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM NICOL. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840WilliamNichol.htm
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/cadet/
  5. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, February 12) Carl McDaniel. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/McDaniel/Carl_Brown/USA.html
  6. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, February 12) Arthur McDaniel. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/McDaniel/Arthur_Bee/USA.html


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