McConnell Coat of Arms, Family Crest and McConnell Family History

If you are conducting some McConnell family history research then you can view the McConnell coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and McConnell surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'



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McConnell Coat of Arms, Family Crest - Click here to view

The McConnell ancient family history was found in the irishsurnames.com archives.

Surnames developed a wide number of variants over the centuries. Many different spelling variations of the same name can be traced back to a single original root. Also, when a bearer of a name emigrated from Ireland it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books upon arrival at their new location. Some names have dozens of spelling variations. Some Surnames were also altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically, by their sound, and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another. This was especially so in Ireland where most Gaelic names were 'anglicized' at some stage.

Variants of the name McConnell include McConel and McConnel. When 'Mac', meaning 'son', occurs in Irish and Scottish surnames it usually signifies a Gaelic origin. In Ireland this name is not usually a variant of O'Connell but more often a form of the Gaelic MacDhomhnaill, who were a sept of Ulster Province, and which means 'son of Daniel'.

A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. It is also the case that many Irish septs or clans that are related often belong to a larger groups, sometimes called tribes. For example the 'Tribes of Galway' consisted of fourteen distinct families. The 'Tribes of Kilkenny' were ten families, etc.

This name is widely found in both Ulster and nearby Scotland where it is found in many ancient manuscripts. An example of such refers to a William MacConill who was recorded in the Parish of Urray and was charged with being an engager on the Royalist side in 1649.

Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by the method of creating and updating these old reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.

The McConnell family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including McConnell descendants.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the McConnell Coat of Arms


Azure/Blue Represents Loyalty and Truth.
Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Cross Patoncee/Cross Flory One who had Conquered
Hand Symbol of Faith, Sincerity, and Justice
The Lion Emblem of Deathless Courage
Ship/Galley Symbol of a notable Expedition by Sea
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