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Mcdonald Family History

Mcdonald Name Meaning
Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Dhomhnuill, a patronymic from the personal name Domhnall, which is composed of the ancient Celtic elements domno- ‘world’ + val- ‘might’, ‘rule’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Mcdonald Families

  • Number of Mcdonald families
     1,435 - 2,868
     479 - 1,434
     1 - 478
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Mcdonald families
     1,018 - 2,033
     340 - 1,017
     1 - 339
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Mcdonald families
     4,244 - 8,486
     1,415 - 4,243
     1 - 1,414
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Mcdonald Family Origin

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Mcdonald Immigration Information

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Mcdonald Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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