McDonald History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The old Scottish-Dalriadan name McDonald is derived from the Anglicized version of the Gaelic personal name Mac Dhomhnuill. McDonald is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. The surname McDonald arose from the vernacular naming tradition, whereby surnames were formed by adopting the given name of one's father, or another ancestor. This name was first found in Kintyre, where members of this family had resided for many years.

Early Origins of the McDonald family

The surname McDonald was first found in Kintyre, and much of the Eastern islands and coast-lands where members of this Clan, descended through Somerled, Lord of the Isles and had resided for many years.

Early History of the McDonald family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McDonald research. Another 300 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1336, 1386, 1423, 1437, 1449, 1603, and 1692 are included under the topic Early McDonald History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McDonald Spelling Variations

Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of McDonald include MacDonald, Macdonald, McDonald, Donaldson, MacDonny and many more.

Early Notables of the McDonald family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was John of Islay, or John MacDonald, (d. 1386), who was the Lord of the Isles (1336-86) and chief of Clan...
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McDonald World Ranking

In the United States, the name McDonald is the 117th most popular surname with an estimated 186,525 people with that name. [1] However, in Canada, the name McDonald is ranked the 52nd most popular surname with an estimated 37,703 people with that name. [2] And in Australia, the name McDonald is the 30th popular surname with an estimated 48,189 people with that name. [3] New Zealand ranks McDonald as 39th with 5,539 people. [4]

Ireland Migration of the McDonald family to Ireland

Some of the McDonald family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 66 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McDonald migration to the United States +

These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The McDonald were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

McDonald Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Bryan McDonald, who arrived in New Castle, Del in 1690 [5]
McDonald Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Caul McDonald, who arrived in South Carolina in 1716 [5]
  • Rose McDonald, who arrived in South Carolina in 1716 [5]
  • Randal McDonald, who arrived in New England in 1718 [5]
  • Mary McDonald, who landed in New York in 1738 [5]
  • Anna McDonald, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1738 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
McDonald Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Allen McDonald, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1802 [5]
  • Daniel McDonald, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1806 [5]
  • Thomas McDonald, who arrived in America in 1806 [5]
  • Archibald McDonald, who arrived in America in 1809 [5]
  • Lauchlin McDonald, aged 27, who arrived in North Carolina in 1812 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
McDonald Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • James Edward McDonald, who arrived in Mississippi in 1900 [5]
  • Robert Walter McDonald, who arrived in Mississippi in 1900 [5]
  • W A McDonald, who arrived in Mississippi in 1900 [5]
  • Hans Peter McDonald, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1907 [5]
  • Samuel McDonald, who landed in Alabama in 1921 [5]

Canada McDonald migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McDonald Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Peter McDonald, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary McDonald, who landed in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
  • Mary McDonald, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1773
  • John McDonald, who arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1773
  • John McDonald, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1773
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
McDonald Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • William McDonald, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • James McDonald, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Hugh McDonald, aged 3, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Isobel McDonald, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Janet McDonald, aged 3, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia McDonald migration to Australia +

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

McDonald Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Miss Flora Mcdonald, (b. 1742), aged 51, Irish convict who was convicted in Antrim, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Boddingtons" on 15th February 1793, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1800 [6]
McDonald Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Michael McDonald, Irish convict who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Francis McDonald, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Mr. Charles McDonald, English convict who was convicted in Surrey, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 16th January 1816, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Mr. George Mcdonald, (b. 1801), aged 18, British servant who was convicted in United Kingdom for burglary, transported aboard the "Dromedary" on 11th September 1819, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1878 [9]
  • Alexander McDonald, Scottish convict from Edinburgh, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand McDonald migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McDonald Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Adam Cummings McDONALD, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • D McDONALD, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Blenheim
  • Peter McDONALD, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • W H McDONALD, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Glenbevie
  • William McDONALD, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McDonald (post 1700) +

  • Arthur Bruce "Art" McDonald OC OOnt FRS FRSC (b. 1943), Canadian astrophysicist, Director of Sudbury Neutrino Observatory Institute, Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) of London, co-recipient of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics
  • Allan J. McDonald (d. 2021), American engineer, aerospace consultant, author and the director of the Space Shuttle Solid Rocket Motor Project for Morton-Thiokol, a NASA subcontractor
  • Steven McDonald (1957-2017), American NYPD detective who was shot and paralyzed on July 12, 1986, leaving him a quadriplegic, eponym of the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award sponsored by the New York Rangers hockey team
  • Forrest McDonald (1927-2016), American historian, considered one of the foremost historians of the U.S. Constitution and of the early American period
  • Andrew Joseph McDonald (1923-2014), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Little Rock from 1972 to 2000
  • Eugene F. McDonald (1886-1958), American founder of Zenith Radio in 1921
  • Richard "Dick" J. McDonald (1909-1998), American co-founder in 1940 of the McDonald's restaurant chain
  • James McDonald (1886-1964), American diplomat, 1st US Ambassador to Israel
  • Hugh McDonald (b. 1950), American session musician and bassist
  • Walter Robert McDonald (b. 1934), American poet and former professor
  • ... (Another 305 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Air New Zealand Flight 901
  • Miss Shirley Jane Mcdonald (1944-1979), New Zealander passenger, from Palmerston North, North Island, New Zealand aboard the Air New Zealand Flight 901 for an Antarctic sightseeing flight when it flew into Mount Erebus; she died in the crash [11]
Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Charles Keven McDonald, British Junior 4th Engineer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. Alexander Betteley McDonald, British Purser from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. Louis Adam McDonald, British Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [12]
Fraterville mine
  • Mr. James E. McDonald, American coal miner at Fraterville mine in Tennessee, on the 19th May 1902 when an explosion collapsed the mine; he died [13]
Grover Shoe factory
  • Mr. Daniel Mcdonald, American employee of the Grover Shoe factory in Brockton, Massachusetts on 20th March 1905 when the boiler exploded and collapsed the wooden building; he survived [14]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Catherine  McDonald, Canadian resident from Poor Farm Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [15]
  • Mrs. Mary  McDonald (1850-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [15]
  • Mrs. Mary  McDonald (1856-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [15]
  • Mrs. Margaret  McDonald, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [15]
  • Mr. John  McDonald (1874-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [15]
  • ... (Another 8 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
HMAS Sydney II
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Wallace McDonald (b. 1913), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Doncaster, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Harold McDonald (b. 1910), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [17]
  • Mr. Ewen McDonald (b. 1920), Scottish Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Mallaig, Inverness, Scotland, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [17]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Donald Mcdonald, British Electrical Artificer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [18]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. James McDonald, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [19]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Albert McDonald (1923-1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [20]
Lady of the Lake
  • Mr. Charles McDonald (b. 1811), Irish labourer from Coleraine, Northern Ireland who sailed aboard the "Lady of the Lake" from Greenock, Scotland on 8th April 1833 to Quebec, Canada when the ship hit ice and sunk of the coast of Newfoundland on the 11th May 1833 and he died in the sinking
Monongah Mine
  • Mr. Patrick McDonald, Scottish coal miner who was at the Monongah mine on 6th December 1907 when it exploded and collapsed; he died [21]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. John Mcdonald, English Fireman from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [22]
  • Mr. Charles Mcdonald, English First Waiter from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [22]
  • Mr. James Mcdonald, English Trimmer from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [22]
SS Caribou
  • Mr. James Charles Byron McDonald (b. 1905), Newfoundland passenger who was Royal Army from Newfoundland and Labrador was travelling aboard the railway ferry "SS Caribou" when it was struck by a German submarine torpedo on 14th October 1942, the most significant sinking in Canadian waters at that time, he died in the sinking
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Don E. McDonald, American Seaman First Class working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he survived the sinking [23]


The McDonald 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: Per mare per terras
Motto Translation: By sea and by land.


Suggested Readings for the name McDonald +

  • Kincannon and McDonald of Southwest Virginia by David B. Trimble.
  • Never Say Die by Julia Davis.

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  13. ^ News paper article Fraterville Mine Disaster retrieved on 6th August 2021. (Retrieved from http://www.tn.gov/tsla/exhibits/disasters/fraterville.htm).
  14. ^ California Digital Newspaper from 21st March 1905 (retrieved on 5th August 2021.) Retrieved from https://cdnc.ucr.edu/?a=d&d=SFC19050321.2.19&e=-------en--20--1--txt-txIN--------1
  15. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  16. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  17. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  18. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  19. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  20. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  21. ^ Monongah Mining Disaster retrieved on 8th August 2021. (Retrieved fromhttps://usminedisasters.miningquiz.com/saxsewell/monongah.htm).
  22. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  23. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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