Show ContentsMcFaddin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

McFaddin is a very old Scottish name that may even date back to the Dalriadan tribe of Scotland's western coast and Hebrides islands. It 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 or little Pat. [1]

Early Origins of the McFaddin family

The surname McFaddin was first found in Kintyre, where the late Rev. J. G. Campbell says: "MacFadyens were said to have been the first possessors of Lochbuie, and when expelled they became a race of wandering artificers, Sliochd nan or-cheard-the race of goldsmiths in Mull."

"The earliest record of the name is in 1304 when Malcolm Macpadene appears as a charter witness at Achichendone in Kintyre. Conghan MacPaden petitioned for the archdeaconry of Argyll in 1390. John McFadyeane is in record in Edinburgh in 1457, and in 1473 a composition was made with Donald M'Fadzeane in Kirkcudbright." [1]

Early History of the McFaddin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McFaddin research. Another 417 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1499, 1507, 1511, 1540, 1532, 1532, 1618, 1794, 1620, 1643, 1628, 1641, 1672, 1675, 1684, 1733, 1741, 1737, 1769, 1681, 1684 and are included under the topic Early McFaddin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McFaddin Spelling Variations

Spelling variations are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. McFaddin has been spelled McFadyen, Fadden, Fadyen, Faden, McFadin, Fadin, McFadwyn, Fadwyn, McFadyean, McFadyon, McFayden, Feyden and many more.

Early Notables of the McFaddin family (pre 1700)

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McFaddin Ranking

In the United States, the name McFaddin is the 14,547th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the McFaddin family to Ireland

Some of the McFaddin 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.

United States McFaddin migration to the United States +

Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first McFaddins to arrive in North America:

McFaddin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John McFaddin, aged 26, who arrived in Missouri in 1842 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name McFaddin (post 1700) +

  • Mrs. Orrin S. McFaddin, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1956, 1960
  • James Hugh McFaddin (1916-1974), American Democratic Party politician, Member of South Carolina State House of Representatives from Clarendon County, 1938-40; Circuit Judge in South Carolina 3rd Circuit, 1958-70
  • Dorman McFaddin, American politician, Mayor of Long Branch, New Jersey, 1932
  • William Perry Herring McFaddin (1856-1935), American rancher and early landowner in Beaumont, Texas, some of his extensive lands now make up Sea Rim State Park and the McFaddin National Wildlife Refuge, son of William M. McFaddin, known for his quote: "Sister, don't give up the land. They are not making land anymore."
  • William M. McFaddin (1819-1898), American rancher and soldier who served in the Texas Revolution at San Jacinto

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Lawrence James Mcfaddin, American Yeoman Second Class from California, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [4]

  1. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. 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)
  4. Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook