Explore the Family Name Mcdaniel

The meaning of Mcdaniel

Irish: altered form of McDonnell, itself an Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Domhnaill ‘son of Donal’, from association of the Gaelic patronymic with the Biblical personal name Daniel.

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How common is the last name Mcdaniel in the United States?

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census data, the surname Mcdaniel witnessed a slight shift in its popularity from 2000 to 2010. In 2000, Mcdaniel was the 323rd most popular surname in the United States, but by 2010, it had slipped to 352nd place, marking a decrease of approximately 8.98% in its rank. However, despite the drop in ranking, the actual count of individuals with the Mcdaniel surname increased from 86,317 in 2000 to 88,728 in 2010, reflecting an increase of 2.79%.

Proportion per 100k3230.08-6%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Mcdaniel

Regarding the ethnic identity associated with the surname Mcdaniel, Decennial U.S. Census data indicates some notable changes over the decade. Individuals identifying as White remained the majority, encompassing 78.48% in 2000 and 76.18% in 2010, showing a slight decrease of 2.93%. Those identifying as Black made up the second largest group, increasing from 17.53% in 2000 to 18.35% in 2010. The Hispanic population, while smaller, saw significant growth of 56.67%, rising from 1.5% to 2.35%. Similarly, the Asian/Pacific Islander group experienced growth, moving from 0.30% to 0.43%. Lastly, those identifying with two or more races increased from 1.59% to 2.05%, and the American Indian and Alaskan Native sector saw a modest rise from 0.59% to 0.64%.

Two or More Races1.59%2.05%28.93%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.59%0.64%8.47%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.3%0.43%43.33%

Mcdaniel ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Mcdaniel is British & Irish, which comprises 58.8% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (21.8%) and Scandinavian (2.8%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Nigerian, Spanish & Portuguese, Italian, and Ghanaian, Liberian & Sierra Leonean.

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British & Irish58.8%
French & German21.8%

Possible origins of the surname Mcdaniel

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Mcdaniel have recent ancestry locations all within United Kingdom.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Merseyside, United Kingdom89.30%
Greater London, United Kingdom89.30%
Glasgow City, United Kingdom89.20%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom89.10%
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom88.90%

What Mcdaniel haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Mcdaniel is R-CTS241, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-CTS241 is descended from haplogroup R-M343. Other common haplogroups include R-L21 and R-YP330, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Mcdonald, Cameron, Hughes, Morgan, Phillips, Jones, Lloyd, Logan, Ford, Lewis.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Mcdaniel surname are: H1, T2b, H. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

mcdanielPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M343

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Mcdaniel have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.



Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Mcdaniel" Surname 42.7%

23andMe Users 41.3%




When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Mcdaniel" Surname 30.9%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Mcdaniel" Surname 25.0%

23andMe Users 21.1%




A severe headache characterized by intense pain, sensitivity to light and sound, and often accompanied by nausea and vomiting.

"Mcdaniel" Surname 18.8%

23andMe Users 16.4%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Mcdaniel?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Mcdaniel are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

British & Irish 62.1%

23andMe Users 57.2%