McDonald Coat of Arms

McDonald Family Crest / McDonald Coat of Arms

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Spelling variations of this family name include: MacDonald, Macdonald, McDonald, Donaldson, MacDonny and many more.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.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Daniel Macdonald, who came to New Jersey sometime between 1730 and 1749; Angus McDonald who settled in Virginia in 1746; Norman and Elizabeth Macdonald, and their two children who settled in Georgia in 1741.

(Above is a small excerpt from our 1800 word history)

Motto Translated: By sea and by land.

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Suggested Readings for the name McDonald
Kincannon and McDonald of Southwest Virginia by David B. Trimble, Never Say Die by Julia Davis.
Some noteworthy people of the name McDonald

  • Marie McDonald (1923-1965), American singer and actress
  • Walter Robert McDonald (b. 1934), American poet and former professor.
  • Hugh McDonald (b. 1950), American session musician and bassist.
  • Eugene F. McDonald (1886-1958), founder of Zenith Radio in 1921
  • James McDonald (1886-1964), First US Ambassador to Israel
  • Richard “Dick” J. McDonald (1909-1998), co-founder in 1940 of the McDonald’s restaurant chain
  • Air Marshal Sir Arthur William Baynes McDonald KCB (903-1996), Royal Air Force officer
  • Sir Trevor McDonald OBE (b. 1939), Trinidadian-born British television presenter.