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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."

McDowall Early Origins



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.

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McDowall Spelling Variations


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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.

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McDowall Early History


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McDowall Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McDowall research. Another 386 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1268, 1310, 1359, and 1363 are included under the topic Early McDowall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McDowall Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McDowall Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McDowall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McDowall In Ireland


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McDowall In Ireland



Some of the McDowall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 106 words (8 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



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
  • Robert McDowall, aged 7, landed in New York, NY in 1775
  • Edward McDowall, aged 9, landed in New York, NY in 1775

McDowall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander McDowall, who arrived in America in 1811

McDowall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

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

McDowall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

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

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Contemporary Notables of the name McDowall (post 1700)


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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.)

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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: Vincere vel mori
Motto Translation: Victory


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McDowall Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    3. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    4. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    5. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    6. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    7. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
    8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    11. ...

    The McDowall Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McDowall 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 5 June 2016 at 17:22.

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