McFaul History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The background history of the name McFaul starts in ancient Scotland among the Pictish people. The name McFaul is derived from the personal name Paul. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Phàil.

Early Origins of the McFaul family

The surname McFaul 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 McFaul family

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

McFaul Spelling Variations

Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations of the name McFaul include MacPhail, MacPhial, MacPhiel, MacFail, MacFall, MacFaul, MacVail, MacPhale, MacPail, MacPhaul, MacFale, Phail, Fayle and many more.

Early Notables of the McFaul family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early McFaul Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the McFaul family to Ireland

Some of the McFaul 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.

Migration of the McFaul family

The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of McFaul: Patrick McPail, who settled in Philadelphia in 1860; John McPhail and his wife Christie and three children, who arrived in New York in 1739; Alexander, Donald, Duncan, Jean, John, and Will McPhail, who all arrived in Philadelphia in 1775.


Contemporary Notables of the name McFaul (post 1700) +

  • Ryan McFaul, American three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated director, editor, and visual effects specialist, best known for his direction on twenty-three episodes of The Electric Company
  • Michael Anthony McFaul (b. 1963), American academic and diplomat, current United States Ambassador to Russia
  • Donald Lewis McFaul (1957-1989), United States Navy SEAL killed in action during Operation Just Cause in 1989, posthumous recipient of the Purple Heart and Navy Cross, eponym of the USS McFaul (DDG-74), an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer
  • J. H. McFaul, American Republican politician, Mayor of Eastport, Maine, 1904 [1]
  • James Augustine McFaul (1850-1917), Irish-born prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Trenton (1894-1917)
  • Shane McFaul (b. 1986), Irish footballer
  • William Stewart "Willie" McFaul (b. 1943), Northern Irish former football player and current coach


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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