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The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name McFadyen is the personal name Paidean. The Gaelic forms of the surname are Mac Phadein or Mac Phaidin, both of which mean son of Paidean.

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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 McFadyen has appeared as McFadyen, Fadden, Fadyen, Faden, McFadin, Fadin, McFadwyn, Fadwyn, McFadyean, McFadyon, McFayden, Feyden and many more.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McFadyen research. Another 244 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McFadyen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early McFadyen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the McFadyen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 173 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 McFadyen were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown:

McFadyen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Duncan, James, and William McFadyen settled in Philadelphia in 1780

McFadyen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Allen McFadyen, aged 35, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1874

McFadyen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Annie McFadyen, aged 17, who landed in America from Cork, Ireland, in 1906
  • Bridget McFadyen, aged 5, who emigrated to the United States from Portumns, Ireland, in 1906
  • Edward McFadyen, aged 0, who landed in America from Lanark, Scotland, in 1908
  • Daniel C. McFadyen, aged 25, who settled in America from Govan, Scotland, in 1910
  • Allan McFadyen, aged 23, who emigrated to America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1910


McFadyen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • James McFadyen, aged 29, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Marion"

McFadyen Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Margaret McFadyen arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hannah Landles" in 1880
  • Angus McFadyen arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hannah Landles" in 1880

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  • Liane "Buffie" McFadyen, American politician, County Commission of Pueblo County, Colorado (2013-)
  • John Edgar McFadyen (1870-1933), Scottish theologian, Professor of language, literature and Old Testament theology at the University of Glasgow
  • Kenneth Charles "Ken" McFadyen (b. 1939), Australian official war artist for the Vietnam War
  • Hugh Daniel McFadyen (b. 1967), Canadian lawyer and politician, Leader of the Official Opposition in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba (2006-2012)
  • Luke Charles McFadyen (b. 1982), Australian international rugby player
  • Donald "Don" Phillip McFadyen (1907-1990), Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • Jock McFadyen (b. 1950), contemporary British painter
  • Scot McFadyen, Canadian film director, producer and music supervisor
  • Ian McFadyen (b. 1948), Australian writer, actor, and director


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The McFadyen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McFadyen Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 28 December 2015 at 14:35.

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