Quall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the Quall family. Their name comes from the personal name Paul. The Gaelic form of the name was Mac Phail, which is normally Anglicized MacFail or MacPhail, and means son of Paul. [1]

Early Origins of the Quall family

The surname Quall was first found in on the Isle of Man, where "this is one of the most widely distributed names in the island." [2]

Early History of the Quall family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Quall research. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1327, 1500 and are included under the topic Early Quall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Quall Spelling Variations

Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Quall has been written as Quail, Quayle, Quaile, Quailes, McQuail, McQuayl and others.

Early Notables of the Quall family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Quall family to Ireland

Some of the Quall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 70 words (5 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 Quall family

Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Quall or a variant listed above: Anne Quaile and her husband, who came to Virginia in 1623; Hugh Quale settled in Barbados in 1679; Joe Quyle settled in Virginia in 1635; John Quayle settled in Virginia in 1650.


Contemporary Notables of the name Quall (post 1700) +

  • David Spencer "Dave" Quall (1936-2020), American politician, Member of the Washington House of Representatives (1993-2011)


The Quall Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Qualis ero spero
Motto Translation: I hope what I shall be.


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Moore, A.W., Manx Names. London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1906. Print


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