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Ronald History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The Ronald family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland. The name Ronald is derived from the Anglicized version of the Gaelic personal name Mac Dhomhnuill. Ronald is a patronymic surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames. The surname Ronald arose from the vernacular naming tradition, whereby surnames were formed by adopting the given name of one's father, or another ancestor. This name was first found in Kintyre, where members of this family had resided for many years.


Early Origins of the Ronald family


The surname Ronald was first found in Kintyre, and much of the Eastern islands and coast-lands where members of this Clan, descended through Somerled, Lord of the Isles and had resided for many years.

Early History of the Ronald family


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Ronald Spelling Variations


Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. Ronald has appeared in various documents spelled MacDonald, Macdonald, McDonald, Donaldson, MacDonny and many more.

Early Notables of the Ronald family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the Clan from early times was John of Islay, or John MacDonald, (d. 1386), who was the Lord of the Isles (1336-86) and chief of Clan...
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Migration of the Ronald family to Ireland


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


Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Ronald or a variant listed above:

Ronald Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John A Ronald, who landed in Colorado in 1878 [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)

Ronald Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Ronald, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Diadem" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque DIADEM 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Diadem.htm

Ronald Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Ronald, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Nelson" arriving in Wellington, North Island, New Zealand on 24th September 1842 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • Miss Mary Ronald, (b. 1834), aged 30, British cook travelling aboard the ship "Amoor" arriving in Lyttleton, South Island, New Zealand on 1st July 1864 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  • John Ronald, aged 29, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875
  • Jane Ronald, aged 28, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875
  • Robert Ronald, aged 31, a miner, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dunedin" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Ronald (post 1700)


  • Sir Landon Ronald (1873-1938), born Landon Ronald Russell, an English conductor, composer, pianist, teacher and administrator, principal of the Guildhall School of Music in London
  • Walter Ronald, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1912 (speaker) [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • James Theodore Ronald (1855-1950), American Democrat politician, Mayor of Seattle, Washington, 1892-94; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Washington at-large, 1900; Superior Court Judge in Washington, 1909-49 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • J. H. Ronald, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1916 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Terry Ronald, English songwriter and producer from London
  • Mr. Stephen Ronald Anderson O.B.E.,, British Commander for the Royal Navy, recipient of Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  • Steven Ronald Bochco (1943-2018), American ten-time Emmy Award, four-time Peabody Award winning producer and writer, best known for developing Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, Doogie Howser, M.D., and NYPD Blue
  • Sir Michael Ronald Stoute (b. 1945), Barbadian thoroughbred horse trainer, Champion Trainer in 1981, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006 and 2009
  • Eric Ronald Priest FRSE, FRS (b. 1943), British Gregory Chair of Mathematics and is a Bishop Wardlaw Professor at St Andrews University
  • James Ronald McDaniels (1948-2017), American professional basketball player, ABA All-Star (1972), Consensus first-team All-American (1971), two-time OVC Player of the Year (1970, 1971)

The Ronald 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: Per mare per terras
Motto Translation: By sea and by land.


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  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque DIADEM 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Diadem.htm
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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