McDonnell (surname)

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MacDonnell, Macdonnell, or McDonnell is a surname of Irish and Scottish origin but mainly found in Ireland. It is an anglicized form of the Gaelic name "Mac Domhnaill", which means son of Donald (Anglicized version of the Scottish Gaelic Dòmhnall and Irish Domhnall).[1] The name Donald or Domhnall is ultimately derived from the Proto-Celtic word elements dubno ("world") and val ("rule"). The name is a variant of other Clan Donald surnames such as Macdonald, McConnell and Donaldson. McDonnells are found in both Irish and Scottish nobility, and have held an important role in the history of both countries.

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  • Bernard C. McDonnell (1911–1959), New York assemblyman
  • Bob McDonnell (born 1954), governor of Virginia; American politician
  • [[Barry McDonnell (born 1944, Lord of Glencoe ,Scotland


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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. ^ Lee, Henry (1920). History of the Clan Donald: The Families of MacDonald, McDonald and McDonnell. New York: R. L. Polk and Company.