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Origin and popularity of the name MCDOWELL

Origin

McDowell : Scottish and Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Dubhghaill ‘son of Dubhghall’ a byname meaning ‘dark stranger’ used among the Gaels to distinguish the darker-haired Danes from fair-haired Norwegians. This is the usual Irish spelling of this name while McDougall is the usual Scottish spelling. However McDowall is also common in south west Scotland and a prominent Galloway family with this name first appear in the historical record in the late 13th century.

Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press

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    Variants of name MCDOWELL

    MCDOVELL MCDOWALL