from whom the McFayden family descends began among the ancient Dalriadan kingdom of the west coast of
. Their name comes from the
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
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Historical recordings of the name McFayden include many spelling variations
. They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. They include McFadyen, Fadden, Fadyen, Faden, McFadin, Fadin, McFadwyn, Fadwyn, McFadyean, McFadyon, McFayden, Feyden and many more.
Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence
. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan
societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: Alexander, Andrew, Bernard, Catherine, Charles, Cornelius, Daniel, Dennis, Douglas, Edward, Fergus, Francis, George, Hugh, James, John, Michael, Patrick, Robert, Samuel, Thomas, William McFadden, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1865. Andrew, Edward, James, Thomas McFaden settled in New Hampshire