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DONALD Family HistoryRecorded as Donald, Doneld, Donnell, and the patronymic Donaldson, this is a surname of Gaelic origins. It is derived from Mac Domhnall, or the son of Domhall, composed of the elements dubro meaning world and val - to rule. It was recorded in 13th century Scotland in the spellings of Dofnald, Douenald and Dufenald, with an early example being Lucas filius Douenald. He was a prisoner of war of the English in 1296, being held at Berkhamstead, according to the calendar of documents of Scotland. The surname itself first appears in the 14th century in Scotland (see below) whilst in the Exchequer Rolls of Scotland Haket Donald paid his "contribution for peace" to the bailie of Kinross in 1328...
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