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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.

MacFadyen Early Origins



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.

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MacFadyen Spelling Variations


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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.

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MacFadyen Early History


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MacFadyen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacFadyen research. Another 244 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacFadyen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacFadyen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacFadyen Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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MacFadyen In Ireland


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MacFadyen In Ireland



Some of the MacFadyen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 173 words (12 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



Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North Ameri ca. 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.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacFadyen (post 1700)


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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    2. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    5. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    8. 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.
    9. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    10. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
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    The MacFadyen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacFadyen 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.

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