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Mcdonald Name Meaning

Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Domhnaill ‘son of Domhnall’ a name derived from the Celtic elements domno- ‘world’ + val- ‘might rule’. Donald is an Anglicized form (via Latin) of this personal name used in Scotland though the surname is also widespread in Ireland. The name is equivalent to Irish McDonnell and McConnell and to Manx Cannell .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Mcmonagle, Mcdougall, Mcdonnell, Mcdowell, Ronald, Leonard, Mcfall

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Where is the Mcdonald family from?

You can see how Mcdonald families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mcdonald family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mcdonald families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1891 there were 2,033 Mcdonald families living in Lancashire. This was about 35% of all the recorded Mcdonald's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Mcdonald families in 1891.
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What did your Mcdonald ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Mcdonald. 16% of Mcdonald men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Mcdonald women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mcdonald were Bricklayer and Incapacitated. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Dock Labourer
  • Bricklayer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated
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Passenger Lists

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There are 247,000 military records available for the last name Mcdonald. For the veterans among your Mcdonald ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mcdonald lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Mcdonald life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Mcdonald in 1940 was 24, and 73 in 2004.

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