McDonnell (surname)

MacDonnell, Macdonnell, or McDonnell is a surname of Scottish and Irish origin. It is an anglicized form of the Gaelic name "Mac Domhnaill", which means son of Donald (Angicized 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 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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  • 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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  • Mary McDonnell (born 1952), American film, stage, and television actress
  • Michael McDonnell (contemporary), American trial lawyer, radio commentator, and professor of law
  • Moylan McDonnell (born 1889, d. unknown), Canadian professional hockey player

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References

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