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Where did the Scottish McPhail family come from? What is the Scottish McPhail family crest and coat of arms? When did the McPhail family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McPhail family history?McPhail is an ancient Pictish-Scottish name. It is derived from the personal name Paul. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Phàil.
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. McPhail has appeared MacPhail, MacPhial, MacPhiel, MacFail, MacFall, MacFaul, MacVail, MacPhale, MacPail, MacPhaul, MacFale, Phail, Fayle and many more.
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.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McPhail research. Another 168 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1490 and 1533 are included under the topic Early McPhail History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early McPhail Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the McPhail 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.
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 McPhail name:
McPhail Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
McPhail Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
McPhail Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The McPhail Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McPhail 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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