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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


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 1841and Scotland in 1851and Scotland in 1861and Scotland in 1871and Scotland in 1881and Scotland in 1891and Scotland in 1901. In 1891 there were 2,033 Mcdonald families living in Lancashire. This was about 35% of all the recorded Mcdonald's in the UK. Lancashire had the highest population of Mcdonald families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Mcdonald surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

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 UK 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
    16%
  • Builders Labourer
    6%
  • Dock Labourer
    4%
  • Bricklayer
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    67%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 259,000 immigration records available for the last name Mcdonald. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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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