Mcdonald Family History & Genealogy

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Mcdonald Last Name History & Origin

Updated Jun 01, 2020


Irish, Scottish.

Name Origin

By sea or by land

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Early Mcdonalds

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1765 - Unknown
1765 - Unknown
1767 - 1845
1772 - 1869
1773 - 1847
1773 - 1864
1775 - 1857
1776 - 1861
1776 - 1882

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Sample of 20 Mcdonald Biographies

Jan 13, 1891 - Unknown
Sep 8, 1943 - Jul 22, 2004
Dec 27, 1911 - December 1984
Jun 30, 1884 - August 1962
Nov 16, 1918 - September 1978
Mar 28, 1879 - January 1969
Mar 5, 1924 - Aug 3, 1996
Aug 27, 1960 - Jan 2, 2011
Jul 7, 1943 - November 1977
Feb 24, 1878 - January 1974
Jul 15, 1944 - Mar 7, 2007
around 1973 - Unknown
around 1968 - Unknown
around 1894 - Feb 21, 1896
Dec 31, 1969 - May 11, 1961
1804 - 1891
Unknown - Unknown
Unknown - Unknown
Unknown - Unknown
around 1924 - Unknown

Mcdonald Death Records & Life Expectancy

The average age of a Mcdonald family member is 67.9 years old according to our database of 83,036 people with the last name Mcdonald that have a birth and death date listed.

Life Expectancy

67.9 years

Oldest Mcdonalds

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Sep 4, 1863 - July 1978
114 years
Dec 4, 1894 - Aug 30, 2005
110 years
Feb 13, 1884 - Jan 9, 1993
108 years
Aug 1, 1895 - Dec 16, 2002
107 years
Mar 7, 1874 - November 1981
107 years
May 1, 1897 - Sep 5, 2004
107 years
around 1924 - Unknown
Oct 25, 1903 - Nov 15, 2008
105 years
Aug 12, 1904 - Mar 19, 2009
104 years
Aug 22, 1896 - Nov 15, 2000
104 years

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Bill Norin
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My ancestors were Scottish emigrants who settled in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Their surname was Mac Donald. In about 1984, while I was visiting the graveyard adjoining the small parish where my grandfather was baptized in East Bay, Cape Breton, I came across an interesting stone for a Dougal Mac Donald. The inscription said that Dougal died in an avalanche at Rodger's Pass, British Columbia in 1910. I later learned that Dougal was a third cousin.

Years later my wife and I, while on vacation in Canada, had occasion to travel through Rogers’ Pass, one of the highest passes in the Canadian Rockies, and while at the visitor's center, we viewed an excellent film which described the "Snow Wars". It seems that for several decades the Pass has been plagued by fearsome avalanches which, without warning, would cascade tons of snow down upon the railroad tracks and close down the Canadian Pacific Railroad for weeks at a time. Therefore, the RR hired crews of day laborers to dig out the tracks following these natural disasters. On one such occasion, March 10, 1911, while a crew of sixty-two workers cleared the tracks from an earlier snow slide, there was a tremendous roar and once again down came the mountain killing all sixty-two men.
Before leaving I picked up a book at the gift shop which provided additional information about this disaster. It confirmed that a burly foreman by the name of Dougal Mac Donald had been one of the victims. Early newspapers in nearby Revelstoke described how Dougal's body was taken home for a large family funeral and burial in the small cemetery adjoining his home parish in East Bay, Nova Scotia. I thought that ended my record keeping on Dougal Mac Donald for, obviously, there were no descendants, however I was wrong.

In the spring of 1996 I was contacted by a Father Jim Mac Donald, a priest in Ontario who was seeking genealogical information for a Clarence Kenneth Mac Donald, grandson of Dougal. I informed the priest that this couldn't be so for Dougal died as a single man at Rogers’ Pass. The good father informed me I was only partially correct, for although single, Dougal, nonetheless, had impregnated a young girl before his death. She immediately, before anyone could get her name, left the baby boy at an adoption home. Well, the baby grew up and now one of his three sons was looking for his grandparents. I would like to say that I helped him to find his grandmother but I did not. Up to this time all Ken has learned about her was that she was probably from a prominent local family in Revelstoke. However, I have provided Ken with contacts to lots of living relatives and he has visited that small cemetery where his grandfather is interred, Dougal, whose seed was not wiped out by the avalanche and who did leave a legacy.
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