Fail History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The first family to use the name Fail lived among the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. The name Fail is derived from the personal name Paul. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Phàil.
Early Origins of the Fail family
The surname Fail 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 Fail family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Fail research. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1490 and 1533 are included under the topic Early Fail History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Fail Spelling Variations
Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. Fail has appeared MacPhail, MacPhial, MacPhiel, MacFail, MacFall, MacFaul, MacVail, MacPhale, MacPail, MacPhaul, MacFale, Phail, Fayle and many more.
Early Notables of the Fail family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Fail family to Ireland
Some of the Fail family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 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 Fail family
Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Fail: 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 Fail (post 1700) +
- Louis A. Fail, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 16th District, 1947 
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