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MacFadyen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The MacFadyen family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland. The name MacFadyen is derived 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 MacFadyen family


The surname MacFadyen 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.

Early History of the MacFadyen family


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MacFadyen Spelling Variations


Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents MacFadyen has been spelled McFadyen, Fadden, Fadyen, Faden, McFadin, Fadin, McFadwyn, Fadwyn, McFadyean, McFadyon, McFayden, Feyden and many more.

Early Notables of the MacFadyen family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the MacFadyen family to Ireland


Some of the MacFadyen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the MacFadyen family to the New World and Oceana


Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name MacFadyen were among those contributors:

MacFadyen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mary MacFadyen, aged 25, who emigrated to America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1908
  • John Macfadyen, aged 17, who emigrated to the United States from Gartcraig, Scotland, in 1909
  • Joseph Macfadyen, aged 49, who landed in America from Gartcraig, Scotland, in 1909
  • Dugald MacFadyen, aged 48, who landed in America from London, England, in 1914
  • Duncan Macfadyen, aged 72, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1918
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name MacFadyen (post 1700)


  • Gavin Hall MacFadyen (1940-2016), née Galter, an American investigative journalist
  • Ross Macfadyen, Scottish broadcaster in Glasgow
  • James Macfadyen (1800-1850), Scottish botanist
  • William "Willie" MacFadyen (1904-1971), Scottish football player and manager
  • Donald John Hunter Macfadyen (b. 1979), Scottish rugby player
  • Angus Macfadyen (b. 1963), Scottish actor, best known for his roles as Robert the Bruce in Braveheart
  • Christie MacFadyen, Canadian actress
  • Sir Eric Macfadyen (1879-1966), English colonial administrator, rubber planter, businessman and developer of tropical agriculture
  • Air Marshal Sir Douglas Macfadyen KCB CBE (1902-1968), Royal Air Force officer, Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief at RAF Home Command
  • Elmer MacFadyen (1943-2007), Canadian politician
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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