Quail History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Quail is the personal name Paul. The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Phail, which is normally Anglicized MacFail or MacPhail, and means son of Paul. [1]

Early Origins of the Quail family

The surname Quail was first found in on the Isle of Man, where "this is one of the most widely distributed names in the island." [2]

Early History of the Quail family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quail research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1327, 1500 and are included under the topic Early Quail History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Quail Spelling Variations

Historical recordings of the name Quail include many spelling variations. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. Quail, Quayle, Quaile, Quailes, McQuail, McQuayl and others.

Early Notables of the Quail family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Quail family to Ireland

Some of the Quail family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 70 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Quail migration to the United States +

Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Quail, or a variant listed above:

Quail Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Quail, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1816 [3]
  • Robert Quail, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1817 [3]
  • David Quail, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1819 [3]
  • John Quail, aged 23, who landed in Kennebunk, Me in 1830 [3]
  • Patrick Quail, aged 10, who arrived in Kennebunk, Me in 1830 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Quail migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Quail Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Quail, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1823

Contemporary Notables of the name Quail (post 1700) +

  • O. A. Quail, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives, 1947-52, 1957-58 [4]
  • John B. Quail, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Presidential Elector for New York, 1920; Prohibition Candidate for New York State Senate 7th District, 1922 [4]
  • Charles E. Quail, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 29th District, 1901-08 [4]


The Quail Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Qualis ero spero
Motto Translation: I hope what I shall be.


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Moore, A.W., Manx Names. London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1906. Print
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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