The roots of the name Phil 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.
Early Origins of the Phil family
The surname Phil 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.
Early History of the Phil family
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Phil Spelling Variations
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. Phil has been written MacPhail, MacPhial, MacPhiel, MacFail, MacFall, MacFaul, MacVail, MacPhale, MacPail, MacPhaul, MacFale, Phail, Fayle and many more.
Early Notables of the Phil family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Phil family to Ireland
Some of the Phil 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.
Migration of the Phil family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland
, 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 Phil: Patrick McPail, who settled in Philadelphia in 1860; John McPhail and his wife Christie and three children, who arrived in New York in 1739; Alexander, Donald, Duncan, Jean, John, and Will McPhail, who all arrived in Philadelphia in 1775.
Contemporary Notables of the name Phil (post 1700)
- Satyros Phil Brucato, American writer, journalist, editor and game designer
- Harry Phil Gant (b. 1940), retired American racecar driver
- H. Phil Mapes, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Olathe, Kansas, 1999, 2001 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 16) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Phil McKnight (1924-2018), Scottish footballer, who played for Alloa Athletic (1946-1947), Chelsea (1947-1954) and Leyton Orient (1954-1959)
- Phil Lollar, American actor, known for 3-2-1 Penguins! (2006), Little Angels Vol. 1: ABC's (2012) and The Lords of Magick (1989)
- Phil Alain (b. 1968), Canadian contemporary painter from St. Albert, Alberta, known for his mural works
- Phil Whyman (b. 1971), English musician, artist and television star
- Phil Cookson, English former professional rugby league footballer, member of the England National Team in 1975
- Phil Englehart, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Washington, 1932
- Phil Hardberger (b. 1934), American Democrat politician, Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, 2005-09 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html