Faile History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Picts were the ancient Scottish tribe where the ancestors of the Faile family lived. The name Faile comes from the personal name Paul. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Phàil.

Early Origins of the Faile family

The surname Faile 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 Faile family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Faile research. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1490 and 1533 are included under the topic Early Faile History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Faile Spelling Variations

When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Faile has been written MacPhail, MacPhial, MacPhiel, MacFail, MacFall, MacFaul, MacVail, MacPhale, MacPail, MacPhaul, MacFale, Phail, Fayle and many more.

Early Notables of the Faile family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Faile family to Ireland

Some of the Faile 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.

United States Faile migration to the United States +

The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Faile:

Faile Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Walter H. Faile, aged 35, who arrived in New York in 1896 aboard the ship "Lucania" from Liverpool & Queenstown [1]
Faile Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Cecilia D. Faile, aged 60, who arrived in New York in 1906 aboard the ship "Umbria" from Liverpool, England [2]
  • Marguerite Faile, aged 33, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Fort Victoria" from Hamilton, Bermuda [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Faile (post 1700) +

  • Tommy Faile (1928-1998), American songwriter and singer best known for writing "Phantom 309" and singing "The Legend of the Brown Mountain Lights"
  • Samuel Faile, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Westchester County 5th District, 1949-52 [4] on Facebook
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