Show ContentsMcDougle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name McDougle is the personal name Dougal. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Dhughaill and literally means son of Dougal.

Early Origins of the McDougle family

The surname McDougle 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 McDougle family

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McDougle Spelling Variations

Historical recordings of the name McDougle include many spelling variations. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. MacDougall, MacDowall, MacDowell, MacDugald, MacDill and many more.

Early Notables of the McDougle family

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McDougle Ranking

In the United States, the name McDougle is the 10,194th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 1

Ireland Migration of the McDougle family to Ireland

Some of the McDougle 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.

Canada McDougle migration to Canada +

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 McDougle, or a variant listed above:

McDougle Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Donald McDougle U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 2

Contemporary Notables of the name McDougle (post 1700) +

  • Stockar McDougle (b. 1977), American NFL football offensive lineman who played from 2000 to 2007, brother of Jerome McDougle
  • Ryan McDougle (b. 1971), American politician, Member of the Virginia Senate (2006-), Member of the Virginia House of Delegates (2002-2005)
  • Jerome McDougle (b. 1978), American former NFL football defensive end who played from 2003 to 2008

The McDougle 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

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. 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 on Facebook