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McDowall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The McDowall family name comes from the personal name Dougal. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Dhughaill and literally means "son of Dougal." The personal name Dougal, meaning "dark stranger."

Early Origins of the McDowall family


The surname McDowall 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 held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the McDowall family


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McDowall Spelling Variations


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

Early Notables of the McDowall family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the McDowall family to Ireland


Some of the McDowall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the McDowall family to the New World and Oceana


Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

McDowall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Patrick McDowall, who arrived in America in 1758 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Robert McDowall, aged 7, who landed in New York, NY in 1775 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Edward McDowall, aged 9, who landed in New York, NY in 1775 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

McDowall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander McDowall, who arrived in America in 1811 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

McDowall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James McDowall, aged 20, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North"

McDowall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William McDOWALL, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Royal Merchant
  • Jessie McDowall, aged 29, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celaeno" in 1872

Contemporary Notables of the name McDowall (post 1700)


  • Jack McDowall (1905-1969), American football player
  • Robert Murray McDowall (1821-1894), Scottish-born Australian cricketer
  • Jai McDowall (b. 1982), Scottish singer
  • Drew McDowall (b. 1961), Scottish musician
  • Rose McDowall (b. 1959), Scottish musician
  • Kenny McDowall (b. 1963), former Scottish footballer
  • Rachel Anne McDowall (b. 1984), English actress
  • Iain McDowall, British crime fiction author
  • Cecilia McDowall (b. 1951), British classical music composer specialising in choral and chamber music
  • Betty McDowall, Australian film and television actress
  • ... (Another 1 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

The McDowall 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: Vincere vel mori
Motto Translation: Victory


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Citations


  1. ^ 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)

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