McPhall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the McPhall family

The surname McPhall 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 McPhall family

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

McPhall Spelling Variations

Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. McPhall has been spelled MacPhail, MacPhial, MacPhiel, MacFail, MacFall, MacFaul, MacVail, MacPhale, MacPail, MacPhaul, MacFale, Phail, Fayle and many more.

Early Notables of the McPhall family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McPhall family to Ireland

Some of the McPhall 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 McPhall family

In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name McPhall: 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.



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