McDougald History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Dalriadan clans of ancient Scotland spawned the ancestors of the McDougald family. Their name comes from the personal name Dougal. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Dhughaill and literally means son of Dougal.
Early Origins of the McDougald family
The surname McDougald was first found in Galloway (Gaelic: Gall-ghaidhealaibh), an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway, that formerly consisted of the counties of Wigtown (West Galloway) and Kirkcudbright (East Galloway), where they were descended from Dugall eldest son of Somerled, first Lord of the Isles, and his son Duncan who received the lands of Lorn.The Clan was a bitter foe of Robert the Bruce, who made a narrow escape during one battle with the MacDougals only by discarding his cloak. The brooch of this cloak, now known as the Brooch of Lorn, is a treasured possession of the Chief of the Clan. The Clan faced heavy retaliation and was stripped of their lands once Robert the Bruce secured the Scottish throne. The lands were restored to the Clan upon the death of the king, but passed to the Stewarts in 1388 when the last member of the senior branch of MacDougals died without issue.
Early History of the McDougald family
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McDougald 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. McDougald has been recorded as MacDougall, MacDowall, MacDowell, MacDugald, MacDill and many more.
Early Notables of the McDougald family (pre 1700)
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In the United States, the name McDougald is the 8,548th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
Migration of the McDougald family to Ireland
Some of the McDougald family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McDougald migration to the United States +
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. 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 McDougald, or a variant listed above:
McDougald Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Anna McDougald, who landed in New York, NY in 1738 
- Allan McDougald, who landed in New York in 1738 
- Angus McDougald, who arrived in Brunswick, North Carolina in 1767 
- John McDougald, who arrived in Brunswick, North Carolina in 1767 
- Malcolm McDougald, who landed in Brunswick, North Carolina in 1767 
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McDougald Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Dugald McDougald, who landed in New York in 1834 
McDougald migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
McDougald Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. John McDougald U.E. who settled in Eastern District, Lancaster [South Glengarry], Ontario c. 1784 
- Mr. John McDougald U.E. who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1784 
- Mr. John McDougald U.E. who settled in Augusta, Ontario c. 1784 
- Mr. Peter McDougald U.E. who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1784 
McDougald Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Cath McDougald, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1801
- Dougald McDougald, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
Contemporary Notables of the name McDougald (post 1700) +
- Roman McDougald (1907-1960), American mystery writer who wrote five books in the 1940s and 1950s
- Worth McDougald (1925-2007), American journalism educator who oversaw the Peabody Awards from 1963 to 1991
- Gilbert James "Gil" McDougald (1928-2010), American Major League Baseball infielder who played from 1951 to 1960, AL Rookie of the Year in 1951 and Lou Gehrig Memorial Award in 1958
- David "Junior" McDougald (b. 1975), American-born, English association football player
- Wilfrid Laurier McDougald (1881-1942), Canadian politician, Senator for Wellington, Quebec (1926-1932)
- John McDougald (1848-1919), Canadian merchant and politician who represented Pictou in the Canadian House of Commons from 1881 to 1896
- John Angus "Bud" McDougald (1908-1978), Canadian businessman and owner of Thoroughbred racehorses, founding member of the Jockey Club of Canada
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The McDougald 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: Buaidh no bàs
Motto Translation: Victory or death
- ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ 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