McPhail History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

McPhail 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 McPhail family

The surname McPhail 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.

Important Dates for the McPhail family

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

McPhail 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. McPhail has appeared MacPhail, MacPhial, MacPhiel, MacFail, MacFall, MacFaul, MacVail, MacPhale, MacPail, MacPhaul, MacFale, Phail, Fayle and many more.

Early Notables of the McPhail family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the McPhail family to Ireland

Some of the McPhail 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.

McPhail 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 McPhail name:

McPhail Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John McPhail and his wife Christie and three children, who arrived in New York in 1739
  • John McPhail, who landed in New York in 1739 [1]
  • Isabella McPhail, who landed in Cape Fear, North Carolina in 1772 [1]
  • Donald McPhail, aged 9, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775 [1]
  • Duncan McPhail, aged 3, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
McPhail Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Angus McPhail, aged 25, who arrived in Tennessee in 1812 [1]
  • James McPhail, who arrived in South Carolina in 1816 [1]

McPhail migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McPhail Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mrs. Abigail McPhail U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. John McPhail U.E. who settled in Didgeguash, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]
  • Mr. Hugh McPhail U.E., (McPhales, McVail) who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [2]

McPhail migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McPhail Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Angus McPhail, aged 41, a farmer, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Hercules" [3]
  • Donald McPhail, aged 40, a shepherd, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Hercules" [3]
  • Malcolm McPhail, aged 21, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Hercules" [3]
  • Roderick McPhail, aged 36, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Hercules" [3]
  • Ann McPhail, aged 18, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Hercules" [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McPhail migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McPhail Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William McPhail, Scottish settler from Selkirk travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 27th April 1860 [4]
  • Mrs. McPhail, Scottish settler from Selkirk with 3 sons travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 27th April 1860 [4]
  • Mr. McPhail, Scottish settler born aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 27th April 1860 [4]
  • Mr. William McPhail, Scottish settler with 3 sons travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 27th April 1860 [4]
  • Mrs. McPhail, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 27th April 1860 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McPhail (post 1700)

  • Harold Thomas McPhail (1912-1977), American football fullback
  • Jerris Cornelius McPhail, former professional American football player
  • Addie McPhail (1905-2003), American film actress
  • Larry McPhail, retired American soccer forward
  • Sharon McPhail (b. 1950), American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Detroit, Michigan, 1993, 2005 (primary), 2009 (primary)
  • Roy McPhail, American politician, Mayor of Adrian, Michigan, 1960
  • Kenneth McPhail, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1968
  • Jennifer McPhail, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2004
  • A. R. McPhail (b. 1883), American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Richmond County, 1913-14
  • Andrew "Andy" McPhail, Scottish professional rugby league footballer
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ South Australian Register Wednesday 27 July 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS Hercules 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/hercules1853.shtml
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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