McPhaul History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The first family to use the name McPhaul lived among the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. The name McPhaul is derived from the personal name Paul. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Phàil.

Early Origins of the McPhaul family

The surname McPhaul 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 McPhaul family

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

McPhaul Spelling Variations

Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. McPhaul has appeared MacPhail, MacPhial, MacPhiel, MacFail, MacFall, MacFaul, MacVail, MacPhale, MacPail, MacPhaul, MacFale, Phail, Fayle and many more.

Early Notables of the McPhaul family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the McPhaul family to Ireland

Some of the McPhaul 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.

McPhaul migration to the United States

Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name McPhaul:

McPhaul Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander McPhaul, who arrived in South Carolina in 1822

Contemporary Notables of the name McPhaul (post 1700)

  • Arthur C. McPhaul, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State House of Representatives 12th District, 1968, 1970
  • Arthur McPhaul, American politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1948
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