The Donald Family History

This is a site where you can find information about the history of the Donald family.

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The Donald Family in the Census

Census Freqency of the Surname Donald
1841 Census84
1851 Census396
1861 Census1090
1871 Census1956
1881 Census1521
1891 Census4073
1901 Census3906
1911 Census2673

Most Frequent Forenames for the Donald Family in the Census

Name 1841 Census 1851 Census 1861 Census 1881 Census 1871 Census 1891 Census 1901 Census 1911 Census Total
John Donald 7 38 79 164 142 306 262 152
Mary Donald 8 36 98 156 120 287 240 136
William Donald 4 24 72 134 96 207 220 146
James Donald 3 28 65 115 87 212 185 117
Thomas Donald 2 15 43 83 60 156 135 95
Elizabeth Donald 1 24 42 83 63 154 109 59
Margaret Donald 4 9 29 67 47 121 87 59
George Donald 1 6 21 41 37 115 99 69
Jane Donald 3 17 29 51 46 93 82 42
Robert Donald 1 6 19 44 35 73 77 50
Annie Donald 0 2 10 28 31 89 84 64
Sarah Donald 2 6 22 42 24 67 78 40
Charles Donald 3 5 17 24 18 72 52 37
Ellen Donald 2 5 15 32 27 71 63 36
Alexander Donald 1 4 19 31 27 43 54 35
Joseph Donald 0 6 17 28 21 51 41 26
Catherine Donald 1 7 27 44 22 57 33 18
Ann Donald 2 18 30 36 25 47 22 12
Henry Donald 0 6 12 27 18 50 36 28
Alice Donald 0 1 9 14 17 60 49 35

Your Family History Search

You can use the forms below to do automatic searches for the Donald family online amongst birth, marriage and death records from 1837, plus census transcripts for 1841, 1851, 1861, 1871, 1881, 1891, 1901 and many more...


Etymology and History of the Surname: Donald

View Name: DONALD.

DONALD

Derivation:
This name is reduced from McDonald.Patronymic from the personal name 'Domhnall',composed of the celtic elements 'Domno' world + 'Val' rule.

History:
The above may indicate someone in charge or of higher power 'a ruler'. The surname is of Gaelic (scottish) origin.

Linked Surnames:
Dofnald,Douenald,Dufenald,Douenald,Donaldson,Donell,Donalde.

 



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