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MCDOWELL Family HistoryRecorded in many forms including MacDowall, MacDowell, McDowell, MacDowal, MacDoual, McDugald, McDougal, McDuall, McDill, McDool, and McCool, this is a surname of Scottish origins, which is also well recorded in Ireland. It is a development of the pre 10th century Old Gaelic "MacDubhghaill" from the male given name "Dubhghall", composed of the elements "dubh", meaning black or dark, and "gall", a stranger. It is said that this was frequently used as a nickname for Scandinavian-Viikings, and in particular to distinguish the darker-haired Danes from fair-haired Norwegians. The clan are descended from Dugall, the eldest son of Somerled of the Isles, a family described by the late Dr...
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I'm currently looking to research my family and so far I have been able to trace back till roughly 1839 in Ireland. ?Based on the records I have been able to identify was Francis McDowell born in 1839 in Ireland and then based on 1891 UK census record lived in Whitehaven, Cumberland and was married to a Mary McDowell and had a son Walter McDowell who was born in 1880.
Walter McDowell had a son in Whitehaven? also named Walter in 1913 and believe then migrated to London in the 1930's where he married Joyce Peggs and had a son Gerald McDowell in 1939.?
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