Quale History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The sea-swept Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the Quale family. Their name comes from 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 Quale family

The surname Quale 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 Quale family

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

Quale Spelling Variations

Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Quale has been written as Quail, Quayle, Quaile, Quailes, McQuail, McQuayl and others.

Early Notables of the Quale family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Quale family to Ireland

Some of the Quale 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 Quale migration to the United States +

Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Quale or a variant listed above:

Quale Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Hugh Quale, who settled in Barbados in 1679
Quale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Quale, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Quale (post 1700) +

  • William T. Quale, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 24th District, 1927-30 [4]
  • Theodore Quale, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 26th District, 1911-12 [4]
  • George Quale, American Republican politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for South Dakota, 1936 [4]


The Quale 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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