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McEldowney is a name that dates back to the kingdom of Dalriada in ancient Scotland. It was given to someone who lived in the old barony of Duny or Downy, which was also called Douney in 1331, in the parish of Monikie, Angus. The surname is still commonplace in the district and Downie is one of the oldest names in the parish of Kemnay.

McEldowney Early Origins



The surname McEldowney was first found in the parish of Monikie in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire. One of the first records of the name was Duncan de Dunny who witnessed a discussion of boundaries of Tulloes (Tulloch) and Conon in 1254.

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McEldowney Spelling Variations


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McEldowney Spelling Variations



Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents McEldowney has been spelled Downey, Downie, Downy, MacIldowney, MacIldownie, MacDowney, MacDownie, O'Downey and many more.

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McEldowney Early History


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McEldowney Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McEldowney research. Another 255 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1330, 1402, and 1550 are included under the topic Early McEldowney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McEldowney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McEldowney Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McEldowney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McEldowney In Ireland


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McEldowney In Ireland



Some of the McEldowney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 194 words (14 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



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 McEldowney or a variant listed above:

McEldowney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John McEldowney, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1841
  • James McEldowney, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847

McEldowney Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Jane K. McEldowney, aged 48, who settled in America from Tyrone, in 1901
  • Hester McEldowney, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • William McEldowney, aged 22, who settled in America from Donegal, in 1906
  • Frank McEldowney, aged 21, who settled in America from Draperton, Ireland, in 1907
  • David McEldowney, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Tyrone, Ireland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McEldowney (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McEldowney (post 1700)



  • Nancy McEldowney, United States career diplomat
  • Harrison McEldowney, American choreographer, best known for his theatrical work for the 1992 Summer Olympics Closing Ceremonies
  • Brooke McEldowney (b. 1952), American cartoonist, creator of 9 Chickweed Lane, Best Newspaper Comic Award (2006)
  • John McEldowney, Professor of Law at the University of Warwick
  • Francis McEldowney (b. 1981), Irish Gaelic footballer
  • Dennis McEldowney (1926-2003), New Zealand born author and publisher, winner of the Hubert Church Memorial Prize (1958)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    3. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
    4. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    5. 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.
    6. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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    The McEldowney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McEldowney 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.

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