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Where did the Scottish McFadyen family come from? What is the Scottish McFadyen family crest and coat of arms? When did the McFadyen family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McFadyen family history?The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name McFadyen is the personal name Paidean. The Gaelic forms of the surname are Mac Phadein or Mac Phaidin, both of which mean son of Paidean.
The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years McFadyen has appeared as McFadyen, Fadden, Fadyen, Faden, McFadin, Fadin, McFadwyn, Fadwyn, McFadyean, McFadyon, McFayden, Feyden and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McFadyen research. Another 244 words(17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McFadyen History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early McFadyen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the McFadyen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 173 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The McFadyen were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:
McFadyen Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
McFadyen Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
McFadyen Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The McFadyen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McFadyen 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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