MacQuaile History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestors of the MacQuaile family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. Their surname comes from the personal name Paul. The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Phail, which is normally Anglicized MacFail or MacPhail, and means son of Paul. 
Early Origins of the MacQuaile family
The surname MacQuaile was first found in on the Isle of Man, where "this is one of the most widely distributed names in the island." 
Early History of the MacQuaile family
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MacQuaile Spelling Variations
Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, MacQuaile has been spelled Quail, Quayle, Quaile, Quailes, McQuail, McQuayl and others.
Early Notables of the MacQuaile family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacQuaile family to Ireland
Some of the MacQuaile family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the MacQuaile family
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 MacQuaile were among those contributors: Anne Quaile and her husband, who came to Virginia in 1623; Hugh Quale settled in Barbados in 1679; Joe Quyle settled in Virginia in 1635; John Quayle settled in Virginia in 1650.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Qualis ero spero
Motto Translation: I hope what I shall be.
- Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
- Moore, A.W., Manx Names. London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1906. Print