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Where did the Scottish Faul family come from? What is the Scottish Faul family crest and coat of arms? When did the Faul family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Faul family history?

The roots of the name Faul are found among the Pictish clans of ancient Scotland. The name comes from the personal name Paul. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Phàil.

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Although Medieval Scotland lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations of Scottish single names. Faul has been written MacPhail, MacPhial, MacPhiel, MacFail, MacFall, MacFaul, MacVail, MacPhale, MacPail, MacPhaul, MacFale, Phail, Fayle and many more.

First found in Inverness, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Faul research. Another 168 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1490 and 1533 are included under the topic Early Faul History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Faul Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Faul family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 124 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland or Australia, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Faul:

Faul Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Daniel Faul, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • William Faul, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Eberhard Faul, who landed in America in 1882

Faul Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Henry Faul, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1917

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  10. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
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The Faul Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Faul Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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