The Irish and Scottish surname McDaid is of patronymic origin being an anglicized form of the Gaelic surname Mac Daibheid, meaning “son of David.” The McDaid’s are said to have descended from David O'Doherty, a chief of Cinel Conaill, who was killed in 1208, and grew to be numerous in Inishowen. The name is found throughout Ireland with high numbers in counties Derry, Down and Donegal. Amongst the recordings of the name in Ireland are William John McDade, christened on July 24th 1833 at Dromore, County Down, and Hugh McDavid who left Glasgow on the ship Brooksby, bound for New York on June 1st 1846. The first recorded spelling of the family name may be that of Elizabeth McDeid who married Barnaby Hargan, at Drumachose, Derry, in 1750.
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