Hebrides islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland. The name McDonall is derived from the Anglicized version of the Gaelic personal name Mac Dhomhnuill. McDonall is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. The surname McDonall 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 McDonall family
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 McDonall family
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McDonall Spelling Variations
spelling variations. McDonall has been written as MacDonald, Macdonald, McDonald, Donaldson, MacDonny and many more.
Early Notables of the McDonall family (pre 1700)
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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Migration of the McDonall family to Ireland
Some of the McDonall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the McDonall family to the New World and Oceana
The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name McDonall or a variant listed above include:
McDonall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
McDonall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
McDonall Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
The McDonall 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.
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