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The roots of the name Failla are found among the Pictish clans of ancient Scotland. The name comes from the personal name Paul. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Phàil.

Failla Early Origins



The surname Failla 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.

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Failla Spelling Variations


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Failla Spelling Variations



Although Medieval Scotland lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations of Scottish single names. Failla has been written MacPhail, MacPhial, MacPhiel, MacFail, MacFall, MacFaul, MacVail, MacPhale, MacPail, MacPhaul, MacFale, Phail, Fayle and many more.

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Failla Early History


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Failla Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Failla research. Another 168 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1490 and 1533 are included under the topic Early Failla History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Failla Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Failla Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Failla In Ireland


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Failla In Ireland



Some of the Failla family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland or Australia, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Failla: 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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Failla (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Failla (post 1700)



  • Gioacchino Failla (1891-1961), Italian-born American physicist
  • Katherine Polk Failla (b. 1969), American jurist, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (2013-)
  • Paul J. Failla (b. 1972), former American football and baseball player and coach
  • Silvio Failla, American politician, Mayor of Hoboken, New Jersey, 1965
  • Richard C. Failla (1940-1993), American politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court, 1988-93
  • Clayton Failla (b. 1986), Maltese professional footballer

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    3. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    6. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    7. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    8. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
    9. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    10. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
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    The Failla Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Failla Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 16 March 2016 at 13:44.

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