If you are conducting some McDonald family history research then you can view the McDonald coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and McDonald surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'
The name McDonald in Ireland is
derived from either Scottish settlers
who arrived in to the Province of
Ulster in the seventeenth century or
from the native Gaelic MacDomhnall
Sept that was more usually anglicized
It is in Ulster that the majority of
descendants can still be found.
A Sept or Clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors had a common surname and all inhabited the same lands.
|Gules/Red||'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.|
|Vert/Green||Signifies Hope, Joy and sometimes, Loyalty in Love|
|Cross Patoncee/Cross Flory||One who had Conquered|
|Fish||Symbol of Christ|
|The Lion||Emblem of Deathless Courage|
|Ship/Galley||Symbol of a notable Expedition by Sea|
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