Faill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The background history of the name Faill starts in ancient Scotland among the Pictish people. The name Faill is derived from the personal name Paul. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Phàil.
Early Origins of the Faill family
The surname Faill 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 Faill family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Faill research. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1490 and 1533 are included under the topic Early Faill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Faill Spelling Variations
Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name Faill include MacPhail, MacPhial, MacPhiel, MacFail, MacFall, MacFaul, MacVail, MacPhale, MacPail, MacPhaul, MacFale, Phail, Fayle and many more.
Early Notables of the Faill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Faill family to Ireland
Some of the Faill 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 Faill family
The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Faill: 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 Faill (post 1700) +
- Margaret Faill, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 2008 
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