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The McDonell family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland. The name McDonell is derived 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.

McDonell Early Origins



The surname McDonell was first found in Inverness, where the origins of this name can be traced back to Somerled, Regulus of the Isles, who evicted the Norsemen from the Western Isles during the 12th century. From him is descended John Macdonald, first Lord of the Isles, and it was MacDonald's younger son, Ranald, who was the progenitor of Clanrald, which includes the families of Moidart, Morar, Knoidart and Glengarry. The MacDonells are from this last branch. It is from Ranald's son, Donald, that the MacDonell's take their name (Son of Donald). There is also a branch of the MacDonells that claim Ranald's other son, Alistair, as its progenitor (the Keppoch branch).

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McDonell Spelling Variations


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McDonell Spelling Variations



Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents McDonell has been spelled MacDonnell, MacDonnel, McDonnell, MacDonell and others.

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McDonell Early History


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McDonell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McDonell research. Another 751 words (54 lines of text) covering the years 1411, 1575, 1672, 1647, 1745, 1749, 1794, 1812 and 1790 are included under the topic Early McDonell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McDonell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McDonell Early Notables (pre 1700)



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McDonell In Ireland


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McDonell In Ireland



Some of the McDonell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North Ameri ca. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name McDonell were among those contributors:

McDonell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Alexander McDonell, who landed in New York in 1776

McDonell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Patt McDonell, aged 31, arrived in New York, NY in 1805
  • Arthur McDonell, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1839

McDonell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Donald McDonell U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Donald McDonell U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Corpl. Donald McDonell U.E., (Donald Bog) who settled in Charlottenburgh [South Glengarry], Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Duncan McDonell U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Duncan McDonell U.E. who settled in Riviere aux Raisin [Raisin River], Cornwall, Ontario c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McDonell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Cath McDonell, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Catherine McDonell, who arrived in Canada in 1815
  • Calla McDonell, who landed in Canada in 1815
  • Angus McDonell, who arrived in Canada in 1815
  • Jeannet McDonell, who landed in Canada in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McDonell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Daniel McDonell, aged 30, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • James McDonell, aged 23, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • Ellen McDonell, aged 18, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • John McDonell, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"

McDonell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • F.D. McDonell, aged 44, a farmer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Mary McDonell, aged 37, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873

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Contemporary Notables of the name McDonell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McDonell (post 1700)



  • Robert Terry McDonell (b. 1944), American editor of Sports Illustrated Group
  • Robert Nicholas "Nick" McDonell (b. 1984), American writer, best known for his work Twelve which he wrote at the age of 17
  • William Fraser McDonell VC (1829-1894), English recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Harold Clark McDonell (1882-1965), English cricketer
  • Kent McDonell (b. 1979), Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • Captain John McDonell (1758-1809), Canadian soldier, judge and political figure in Upper Canada

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Motto


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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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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  3. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  4. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  5. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  7. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
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The McDonell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McDonell Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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