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Origins Available: Irish-Alt, Irish, Scottish



Multiple Origins for the Surname McDonnell



This family was originally Mac Domhnaill in Gaelic, meaning 'son of Domhnall' and as such a patronymic name. The family claim descent from Colla Uais, the 121st Monarch of Ireland, a younger brother of Colla da Chrioch.

McDonnell Early Origins



The surname McDonnell was first found in County Clare where MacDonell and O'Easkin were chiefs of the territories of Corca Baisgin or Baiscind, now the barony of Moyarta. However, according to John O'Hart, in his reference Irish Pedigrees, Hart agrees with Connellan's Annals of the Four Masters in that many of the tribe " Clan Colla" traveled from Ulster where they were the Earls of Antrim to settle in Scotland where they retained the name MacDonnell but were generally called MacDonalds who became the Lord of the Isles. Edward MacLysaght disagrees with O'Hart and believes the migration went he other way, in other words the MacDonalds came to Ireland in the 13th century to become the MacDonnells in Antrim. As both authorities were Chief Heralds of Ireland, and noted authors, we put both scenarios here for the reader to decide the family's origin.

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McDonnell Spelling Variations


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McDonnell Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: McDonnell, Hoddonell, O'Donnal, Otonell, MacDonnell, Donneill, McDonel, McDonell, McDonneil, Hodonell, McDonnel, McDoneill, Odonell, Odonel, Donnelson, Donnell, Donnel, O'Donnall, Donell and many more.

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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 413 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1505, 1890, 1505, 1590, 1636, 1615, 1699, 1609, 1683, 1691 and 1754 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)



Notable amongst the family name at this time was Somhairle Buidhe Mac Domhnaill (Somerled of the yellow hair, son of Donnell, Anglicized Sorley Boy McDonnell) ( c. 1505 - 1590), Irish prince or flaith and chief; Randal Macsorley MacDonnell, 1st Earl of Antrim (died 1636); and his son, Alexander MacDonnell, 3rd Earl...

Another 62 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McDonnell Notables 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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
  • Stephen McDonnell (b. 1992), Irish footballer who plays for Dundalk
  • 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
  • Peter McDonnell (b. 1953), English former football goalkeeper
  • Sasha McDonnell (b. 1987), Australian footballer who represented Australia at the 2006 FIFA World Under 20 Women's Championship
  • 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: His vinces
Motto Translation: With these you will conquer.


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McDonnell Family Crest Products


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See Also


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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. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  2. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  4. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
  5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  6. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
  10. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  11. ...

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 9 January 2017 at 09:15.

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