McFadin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The McFadin 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 McFadin 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 McFadin family

The surname McFadin 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 McFadin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McFadin research. Another 109 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McFadin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McFadin Spelling Variations

Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. McFadin has been written as McFadyen, Fadden, Fadyen, Faden, McFadin, Fadin, McFadwyn, Fadwyn, McFadyean, McFadyon, McFayden, Feyden and many more.

Early Notables of the McFadin family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McFadin family to Ireland

Some of the McFadin 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 McFadin migration to the United States +

The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name McFadin or a variant listed above include:

McFadin Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Anna M. McFadin, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States, in 1910
  • Vera McFadin, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1910

Contemporary Notables of the name McFadin (post 1700) +

  • Richard E. McFadin, American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Clay County 2nd District; Elected 1964
  • Sam "Flash" McFadin (1952-2001), American actor, best known for his multiple appearences as Flash Cadillac on Happy Days and American Graffiti
  • Lewis Pate "Bud" McFadin (1928-2006), American college and professional football player, inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame (1983) on Facebook
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