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The chronicle of the name McFail begins with a family in the Pictish clans of ancient Scotland. The name is derived from the personal name Paul. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Phàil.

McFail Early Origins



The surname McFail was 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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McFail Spelling Variations


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McFail Spelling Variations



When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. McFail has been written MacPhail, MacPhial, MacPhiel, MacFail, MacFall, MacFaul, MacVail, MacPhale, MacPail, MacPhaul, MacFale, Phail, Fayle and many more.

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McFail Early History


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McFail Early History



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

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McFail Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McFail Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McFail Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McFail In Ireland


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McFail In Ireland



Some of the McFail 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of McFail:

McFail Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. McFail, aged 20, who arrived in America in 1822 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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