Discover the meaning of your name.

Start Now
Free Surname Dictionary Over 70,000 Surname Origins

Family History and Genealogy Resources by Surname

McDowell Surname Origin

(origin Gaelic) The son of Dowell or Dougall, the dark stranger. From dhu, black, and gall, a native of the low country of Scotland; any one ignorant of the Gaelic language; a foreigner, a stranger. The same as McDougall.

Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.

McDowell  Surname Meaning and Family Facts

McDowell Last Name Meaning
Search the FREE Name Dictionary.

There is more to McDowell family history than the origin of your surname:

Start your Genealogy to find your personal McDowell family ancestry. It's easy to get started. Just begin your family tree with what you already know. Learn More.

A McDowell Family History Thought:

'I don't have to look up my family tree, because I know that I'm the sap.' --Fred Allen

To find additional surnames, choose the first letter of surname:
A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z