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The Scottish and Irish surname McDonald is of patronymic origin being derived from an anglicized form of the Gaelic name Mac Dhomhnuill, from the personal name Domhnall, which is composed of the ancient Celtic elements domno meaning “world” and val “might, or rule.” Thus the name means literally “The son of the world ruler." Early church registers in the Scottish capital of Edinburgh record the christening of John, the son of Alane McDonald, on July 4th 1672, and the marriage of John McDonald and Grissell McFuffan on July 29th 1687. Today there are approximately 175,000 bearers of the surname McDonald living in The United States.
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