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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Ireland Migration of the Ronald family to Ireland

Some of the Ronald family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 66 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Ronald migration to the United States +

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]

Australia Ronald migration to Australia +

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

Ronald Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Edward Ronald, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Diadem" in 1840 [2]

New Zealand Ronald 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:

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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • J. H. Ronald, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1916 [4]
  • Terry Ronald, English songwriter and producer from London
  • Arthur Ronald Marks (1927-2019), American film and television director, writer, producer and distributor
  • Mr. Howard Ronald Drake C.M.G., O.B.E. (b. 1956), British former High Commissioner for Ottawa, Canada was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George on 17th June 2017, for services to UK and Canada relations
  • Mr. James Ronald McMurray B.E.M., British recipient of the British Empire Medal on 8th June 2018, for services to Education
  • 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]
  • 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


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.


  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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