MacFayden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name MacFayden is 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 MacFayden family
The surname MacFayden 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 MacFayden family
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MacFayden 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 MacFayden has appeared as McFadyen, Fadden, Fadyen, Faden, McFadin, Fadin, McFadwyn, Fadwyn, McFadyean, McFadyon, McFayden, Feyden and many more.
Early Notables of the MacFayden family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacFayden family to Ireland
Some of the MacFayden 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.
MacFayden migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
MacFayden Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Hugh MacFayden, aged 26, a cooper, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
- Ellen Hunter MacFayden, aged 25, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
- Agnes Fortune MacFayden, aged under 1, who arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
Contemporary Notables of the name MacFayden (post 1700) +
- Tamar H. MacFayden, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Connecticut, 1996 
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