MacFadden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

MacFadden comes from the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland's west coast and Hebrides islands. The name comes from the personal name Paidean. The Gaelic forms of the surname are Mac Phadein or Mac Phaidin, both of which mean son of Paidean.

Early Origins of the MacFadden family

The surname MacFadden was first found in Kintyre, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the MacFadden family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacFadden research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacFadden History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacFadden Spelling Variations

The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years MacFadden has appeared as McFadyen, Fadden, Fadyen, Faden, McFadin, Fadin, McFadwyn, Fadwyn, McFadyean, McFadyon, McFayden, Feyden and many more.

Early Notables of the MacFadden family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the MacFadden family to Ireland

Some of the MacFadden family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 75 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacFadden migration to the United States

Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name MacFadden or a variant listed above:

MacFadden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel MacFadden, who landed in New York, NY in 1815 [1]
  • Charles MacFadden, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name MacFadden (post 1700)

  • Bernarr Macfadden (1868-1955), born Bernard Adolphus McFadden, an American founder of the long-running magazine publishing company Macfadden Publications
  • Otto F. MacFadden, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Genesee County 2nd District, 1934 [2]
  • Edith H. Macfadden, American politician, Independent Citizen Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, 1928 [2]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 15) . Retrieved from
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