Ronald History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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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.
Most historians note the name claims descent through the High Kings of Ireland, namely Colla Uais and Conn of the Hundred Battles. Movement between Scotland and Ireland was very frequent over the centuries. 
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), the first Lord of the Isles (1336-1386) and chief of Clan Donald. He was he was the son of Angus Og Macdonald, who died at Isla about 1329, and was buried at Icolmkill. The Macdonalds trace their descent from Donald, elder son of Refinald, second son of Sommerled of Argyll, king of the Isles. On account of a dispute with the regent regarding certain lands, John of Isla joined the party of Edward Baliol, to whom, in consideration of a grant of the lands of...
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In the United States, the name Ronald is the 16,750th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
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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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 
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 
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 
- 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 
- 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 
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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 Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 1912 (speaker) 
- James Theodore Ronald (1855-1950), American Democratic Party politician, Mayor of Seattle, Washington, 1892-94; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Washington at-large, 1900; Superior Court Judge in Washington, 1909-49 
- J. H. Ronald, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1916 
- Terry Ronald, English songwriter and producer from London
- Wayne Ronald Drysdale, Canadian politician, MLA for Grande Prairie Wapiti (2008)
- Ivan Ronald Hollett (1940-2022), English footballer from Pinxton, England who played 362 matches as a striker for five Football League clubs (1958-1973)
- Colonel Michael Ronald Lubbock MBE (1906-1989), British military officer and businessman
- John Ronald Gibbons (1925-2021), English professional footballer who played as a centre forward (1947-1951); he died on 31 January 2021, aged 95, from COVID-19
- Arthur Ronald Marks (1927-2019), American film and television director, writer, producer and distributor
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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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- ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque DIADEM 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Diadem.htm
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 9th November 2011). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html