McDonald Coat of Arms, Family Crest and McDonald Family History

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 as McDonnell. 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.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the McDonald Coat of Arms

Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
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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