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The Dalriadan clans of ancient Scotland spawned the ancestors of the McDonnell 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.

McDonnell Early Origins



The surname McDonnell 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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McDonnell Spelling Variations


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McDonnell Spelling Variations



The medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English created many spelling variations of the same name. McDonnell has been recorded as MacDonnell, MacDonnel, McDonnell, MacDonell and others.

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McDonnell Early History


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McDonnell Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McDonnell 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 McDonnell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McDonnell Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McDonnell Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McDonnell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McDonnell In Ireland


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McDonnell In Ireland



Some of the McDonnell 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



Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North Ameri ca. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name McDonnell, or a variant listed above:

McDonnell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Edward McDonnell, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745
  • Roger McDonnell, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745

McDonnell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William McDonnell, who landed in New York in 1801
  • Patk McDonnell, aged 20, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • James Joseph McDonnell, aged 40, landed in New York in 1805
  • James McDonnell, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1807
  • Joel McDonnell, who landed in Connecticut in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McDonnell Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Finnan McDonnell 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
  • Mr. Randy McDonnell 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

McDonnell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Rod McDonnell, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Anth McDonnell, aged 23, arrived in Canada in 1811
  • Anthony McDonnell, aged 23, landed in Red River, Canada in 1811
  • Anthy McDonnell, aged 23, arrived in Canada in 1811
  • Jeannet McDonnell, who arrived in Canada in 1815
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McDonnell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • R McDonnell landed in Sydney, Australia in 1839
  • Catherine McDonnell, aged 17, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin"
  • Honora McDonnell, aged 16, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin"
  • Patrick McDonnell, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Constance"
  • Patrick McDonnell arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McDonnell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas McDonnell landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1829 aboard the ship Lady Flora
  • James McDonnell landed in Rangitikei, New Zealand in 1840
  • Samuel McDonnell landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Nimrod
  • Thomas McDonnell arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Jane" in 1841
  • George McDonnell arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Jane" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McDonnell (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McDonnell (post 1700)



  • Patrick McDonnell (b. 1956), American creator of the daily comic strip Mutts, recipient of the Caldecott Honor medal in 2012
  • Mary McDonnell (b. 1952), American film, stage, and television actress
  • James Smith "Jim" McDonnell (1899-1980), American aircraft manufacturer and pioneer in space technology, founder of The McDonnell Aircraft Corporation in 1939
  • Peter McDonnell (b. 1953), English former football goalkeeper
  • Stephen McDonnell (b. 1992), Irish footballer who plays for Dundalk
  • Sasha McDonnell (b. 1987), Australian footballer who represented Australia at the 2006 FIFA World Under 20 Women's Championship
  • Alexander McDonnell (1798-1835), Irish chess master, unofficial 1835 World Champion
  • Sir Alexander McDonnell (1794-1875), 1st Baronet, was an Irish civil servant, commissioner of national education in Ireland
  • Alasdair McDonnell (b. 1949), Northern Irish politician, deputy leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party
  • John Martin McDonnell (b. 1951), English Politician, member of the British Parliament
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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McDonnell Historic Events


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McDonnell Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Michael Joseph McDonnell, British Butcher from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

RMS Lusitania

  • Miss Kate Mcdonnell, Irish 2nd Class passenger residing in New York, New York, USA visiting Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name McDonnell


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Suggested Readings for the name McDonnell



  • Golden Clan: the Murrays, the McDonnells, and Irish American Aristocracy by John Corry.

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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. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  4. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  9. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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The McDonnell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McDonnell 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.

This page was last modified on 15 September 2016 at 16:54.

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