Origins Available: Irish-Alt, Irish, Scottish
Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the McDonel family. Their name comes from the personal name Donald. the surname is derived from the Gaelic Mac Dhomhnuill, which means son of Donald; it is a form of the surname MacDonald.
Early Origins of the McDonel family
Early History of the McDonel family
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McDonel Spelling Variations
spelling variations. McDonel has been written as MacDonnell, MacDonnel, McDonnell, MacDonell and others.
Early Notables of the McDonel family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McDonel family to Ireland
Some of the McDonel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the McDonel family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
McDonel Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
The McDonel 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 water and land.
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