McDonnell Coat of Arms, Family Crest and McDonnell Family History

If you are conducting some McDonnell family history research then you can view the McDonnell 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 McDonnell surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


The name McDonnell in Ireland is one of the hundred most frequently found and is derived from the Gaelic MacDomhnaill Sept of Ulster or from Scottish immigrants of the same name who arrived in the thirteenth century. Another distinct Sept were located in County Clare in the West of the country and it is in Clare, Antrim and Fermanagh that the majority of descendants can still be found.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the McDonnell Coat of Arms

Gules/Red 'The Martyr's colour', signifies Military Fortitude and Magnanimity.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Crosses Often representing Faith or Christian beliefs, possibly relating to the Crusades
Fish Symbol of Christ
The Lion Emblem of Deathless Courage
Ship/Galley Symbol of a notable Expedition by Sea
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