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The Picts of ancient Scotland were the tribe of the ancestors of the McFall family. The name McFall is derived from the personal name Paul. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Phàil.

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The surname McFall was first found in Inverness, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, McFall has been spelled MacPhail, MacPhial, MacPhiel, MacFail, MacFall, MacFaul, MacVail, MacPhale, MacPail, MacPhaul, MacFale, Phail, Fayle and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McFall research. Another 168 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1490 and 1533 are included under the topic Early McFall History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the McFall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 124 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name McFall:

McFall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James McFall, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Mrs. McFall, aged 20, landed in America in 1822
  • Arthur, Daniel, James, John, Patrick, and William McFall, who all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
  • Bridget McFall, aged 20, who landed in America, in 1894

McFall Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Calvert McFall, aged 28, who emigrated to the United States from London, in 1900
  • Calvin McFall, aged 30, who settled in America from S. Africa, in 1902
  • Agnes McFall, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Belfast, in 1904
  • Agnes McFall, aged 30, who landed in America from Liverpool, in 1904
  • Daniel McFall, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1904


McFall Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. David McFall U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784
  • Lieut. Neil McFall U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784

McFall Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Peter McFall, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Robert McFall, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the schooner "Sarah" from Belfast

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  • Trudy McFall, American co-founder and Chairman of Homes for America, Annapolis, Maryland
  • Reuben McFall (b. 1931), American trumpeter and jazz arranger
  • Daniel B. McFall (b. 1963), American retired professional NHL ice hockey player who played nine games for the Winnipeg Jets (1984-1986)
  • Jack Kirkham McFall (1905-1990), American diplomat, Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs (1949-1952), United States Ambassador to Finland (1952-1955)
  • John Joseph McFall (1918-2006), American Democrat politician, Member of the United States House of Representatives (1973-1977)
  • Dan McFall (b. 1963), American retired professional NHL ice hockey player
  • Lauren McFall (b. 1980), American bronze medalist synchronized swimmer at the 2004 Summer Olympics
  • David Bernard McFall (1919-1988), Scottish sculptor, Associate of the Royal Academy in 1955 and a full member in 1963
  • Ray McFall (1926-2015), British businessman and music promoter, who owned The Cavern Club in Liverpool during the Mersey Beat explosion which included the Beatles
  • Leah McFall (b. 1989), Northern Irish singer-songwriter and fashion student

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  2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  3. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  7. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  8. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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The McFall Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McFall 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.

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