Fayles History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the ancestors of the Fayles family begins among the Pictish clans ancient Scotland. The name Fayles comes from the personal name Paul. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Phàil.

Early Origins of the Fayles family

The surname Fayles 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 Fayles family

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

Fayles 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 Fayles include MacPhail, MacPhial, MacPhiel, MacFail, MacFall, MacFaul, MacVail, MacPhale, MacPail, MacPhaul, MacFale, Phail, Fayle and many more.

Early Notables of the Fayles family (pre 1700)

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

Ireland Migration of the Fayles family to Ireland

Some of the Fayles 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 Fayles 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 Fayles: 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 Fayles (post 1700) +

  • Kevin Fayles, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of West Valley City, Utah, 2009 [1]
  • George M. Fayles, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 23rd District, 1928; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 23rd District, 1930 [1]


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 20) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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