MacDonnell (surname)

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MacDonnell, Macdonnell, McDonnell
Language(s)Gaelic
Origin
Meaning"Son of Dòmhnall"
Region of originScotland/Ireland
Other names
Variant form(s)Donnell, MacDonell, McDonell, McConnell, MacConnell, Donald, MacDonald, McDonald, Donaldson (surname), O'Donnell
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MacDonnell, Macdonnell, or McDonnell is a surname of Scottish and Irish origin. It is an anglicized form of the Gaelic patronymic Mac Dhòmhnaill, meaning "son of Dòmhnall".[3] The Gaelic personal name Dòmhnall is a Gaelicised form of the name Donald, which is composed of the elements domno, meaning "world", and val, meaning "might" or "rule". The name is considered a variation of MacDonald.

MacDonnells are found in both Scottish and Irish nobility, where they have held an important role in the history of both countries.

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  • E. T. MacDonnell (fl. 1917–1918), American college football coach at Wake Forest University
  • Eugene McDonnell (born 1926), American programming language designer

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  • Lady Flora McDonnell (born 1963), artist, illustrator, and author of children's books; daughter of Alexander McDonnell

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  1. ^ "MacDonnell Surname Origin, Meaning & Last Name History".
  2. ^ "McDonnell Surname Origin, Meaning & Last Name History".
  3. ^ Lee, Henry (1920). History of the Clan Donald: The Families of MacDonald, McDonald and McDonnell. New York: R. L. Polk and Company.