McDowell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The McDowell 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 McDowell family

The surname McDowell 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.

Important Dates for the McDowell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McDowell research. Another 193 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1268, 1310, 1359, and 1363 are included under the topic Early McDowell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McDowell Spelling Variations

The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years McDowell has appeared as MacDowall, MacDowell, MacDugald, MacDill, Dowall, Dowler and many more.

Early Notables of the McDowell family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the McDowell family to Ireland

Some of the McDowell family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McDowell migration to the United States

Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name McDowell or a variant listed above:

McDowell Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Ephraim McDowell, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729-1735 [1]
  • Ephrahim McDowell, who landed in Virginia in 1739 [1]
  • Jane McDowell, who landed in Virginia in 1739 [1]
  • Margaret McDowell, who landed in Virginia in 1739 [1]
  • Martha McDowell, who arrived in Virginia in 1739 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
McDowell Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh McDowell, aged 50, who landed in Louisiana in 1812 [1]
  • Thomas McDowell, aged 40, who arrived in South Carolina in 1812 [1]
  • Andrew McDowell, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1813 [1]
  • Joseph McDowell, who arrived in New York in 1819 [1]
  • Samuel Douglas McDowell, who arrived in South Carolina in 1824 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McDowell migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McDowell Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • David McDowell, who landed in Canada in 1840
  • Hiram McDowell, who arrived in Canada in 1840
  • Mr. Owen McDowell, aged 35 who immigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Erin's Queen" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [2]

McDowell migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McDowell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Fanny McDowell, aged 32, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Rodney" [3]
  • Agnes McDowell, aged 20, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Flora" [4]
  • Mary McDowell, aged 29, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Flora" [4]
  • Annabella McDowell, aged 22, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1859 aboard the ship "North"

McDowell migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McDowell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John McDOWELL, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Miss Charlotte Jane Mcdowell (Gambel), (b. 1834), aged 13, Irish settler born in Jamaica travelling aboard the ship "Sir Robert Sale" from Gravesend via Cork arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 11th October 1847 [5]
  • Mr. James McDowell, Scottish settler travelling from Greenock aboard the ship "Philip Laing" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 15th April 1848 [5]
  • Mr. Atkinson Mcdowell, (b. 1844), aged 19, British school master, from Hereford travelling from London aboard the ship "Metropolis" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th June 1863 [6]
  • John McDowell, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1863
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McDowell (post 1700)

  • Michael McEachern McDowell (1950-1999), American two-time Hugo Award nominated novelist and screenwriter
  • Irvin McDowell (1818-1885), American Major General, best known for his defeat in the First Battle of Bull Run
  • Brigadier-General Rex McKinley McDowell (1893-1984), American Assistant Director Office of the Surgeon General US Army (1939-1945) [7]
  • Paul L. McDowell (1905-1962), American Olympic bronze medalist rower at the 1928 Summer Olympics
  • Charles T. McDowell (1921-2007), American academic and military officer
  • Johnny McDowell (1915-1952), American Indy 500 racecar driver
  • Ephraim McDowell (1771-1830), American physician
  • Donald McDowell, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 8½ aerial victories
  • Arthur V. McDowell, American politician, Mayor of Middletown, Connecticut, 1918-19 [8]
  • Arthur G. McDowell (d. 1966), American politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois at-large, 1934; Candidate for U.S. Senator from Illinois, 1936; Candidate for Governor of Illinois, 1940 [8]
  • ... (Another 77 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the McDowell family

Halifax Explosion
  • Miss Eileen  McDowell (1911-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [9]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Albert McDowell (b. 1922), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [10]

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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)
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 44)
  3. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 21st February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Rodney 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/rodney1855.shtml
  4. ^ South Australian Register Monday 9th April 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Flora 1855. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/flora1855.shtml
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2013, February 12) Rex McDowell. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/McDowell/Rex_McKinley/USA.html
  8. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  9. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  10. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
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