Has anyone traced their line back to Scotland ?or N. Ireland? Most of
the lines I've seen posted have been from England. Several books I've
consulted have shown Daniel to be a derivative of the Gaelic "
Macdhomnuill " or more commonly " MacDonald " . The Macdonalds
controlled much of western Scotland for several centuries but were
eventually displaced by other clans. During the early days of emigration
, many of the clerks that were responsible for maintaining records were
not very literate so names were often spelled phonetically. Add to that
a " foreign " accent. It's a miracle that the new spelling bore any
resemblance to the original.
Macdhomnuill was spelled as Macdonnell, Macdonald, Macdonnel,
Macdonnell, Macconnell, Macdaniel, Macdannell, Macdanyel etc.
To further complicate matters, the variants listed above were Anglicized
by dropping the "Mac" (son of...). Persons with Mac names were
principally Highland Scots and spoke Gaelic and were Catholic. They were
for the most part, at odds with the English government for several
centuries. So, it was to ones advantage to drop the Mac to improve ones'
ability to advance in life.
Daniel was spelled Dannell, Daniell, Danyel , Donnell and other
variants( adding the "s") are the names which many of us bear today.
My ancestor, John Daniell , died in Isle of Wight ,Va in 1679. He was
born about 1630 so he might have a bit young for Culloden in 1645. But
then , 15 year olds may have fought there. The Jacobites that weren't
killed outright at the battle were slaughtered by the Duke of
Cumberland. A number of Jacobites and sympathizers were banished to the
colonies. Was John one of these or did he emigrate from Scotland to the
Ulster Plantation in Northern Ireland and then to the colonies?