McFalls History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

McFalls is an ancient Pictish-Scottish name. It is derived from the personal name Paul. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Phàil.

Early Origins of the McFalls family

The surname McFalls 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.

Early History of the McFalls family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McFalls research. Another 113 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1490 and 1533 are included under the topic Early McFalls History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McFalls Spelling Variations

Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. McFalls has appeared MacPhail, MacPhial, MacPhiel, MacFail, MacFall, MacFaul, MacVail, MacPhale, MacPail, MacPhaul, MacFale, Phail, Fayle and many more.

Early Notables of the McFalls family (pre 1700)

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McFalls Ranking

In the United States, the name McFalls is the 11,186th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Ireland Migration of the McFalls family to Ireland

Some of the McFalls family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States McFalls migration to the United States +

Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the McFalls name:

McFalls Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Maggie McFalls, aged 27, originally from Belfast, who arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "City of New York" from Liverpool & Queenstown [2]
  • James Mc Falls, aged 24, originally from Liverpool, who arrived in New York in 1897 aboard the ship "Germanic" from Liverpool & Queenstown [3]
McFalls Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Lance McFalls, aged 49, originally from Corrick, Ireland, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Southampton, England [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name McFalls (post 1700) +

  • David McFalls, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from St. Lawrence County 1st District, 1876-77
  • William Daniel McFalls (b. 1946), known as Blues Boy Willie, an African-American electric blues singer and harmonica player
  • Jennifer Yvonne McFalls (b. 1971), American gold medalist softball player at the 2000 Summer Olympics on Facebook
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