The ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland
spawned the name McFadyean. It 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 McFadyean family
The surname McFadyean 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 McFadyean family
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McFadyean Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations
appear in records of early Scottish names. McFadyean has appeared as McFadyen, Fadden, Fadyen, Faden, McFadin, Fadin, McFadwyn, Fadwyn, McFadyean, McFadyon, McFayden, Feyden and many more.
Early Notables of the McFadyean family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McFadyean family to Ireland
Some of the McFadyean family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the McFadyean family to the New World and Oceana
Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence
broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan
societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The McFadyean were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:
McFadyean Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Annie McFadyean, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States, in 1894
- Thomas McFadyean, aged 8, who landed in America, in 1894
McFadyean Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- John C. McFadyean, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1913
- Mary McFadyean, aged 20, who emigrated to America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1921
McFadyean Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Robert McFadyean, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Tantivy"
Contemporary Notables of the name McFadyean (post 1700)
- Colin William McFadyean (b. 1943), England international rugby union player and captain
- Sir Andrew McFadyean (1887-1974), British diplomat, economist