The ancestors of the first family to use the name McVail lived among the Pictish people of ancient Scotland
. The name McVail is derived from the personal name Paul.
The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Phàil.
Early Origins of the McVail family
The surname McVail 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 McVail family
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McVail Spelling Variations
The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations
of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. McVail has been spelled MacPhail, MacPhial, MacPhiel, MacFail, MacFall, MacFaul, MacVail, MacPhale, MacPail, MacPhaul, MacFale, Phail, Fayle and many more.
Early Notables of the McVail family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McVail family to Ireland
Some of the McVail 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McVail family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
McVail Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Ms. Margaret McVail U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 CITATION[CLOSE]
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