Quayle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Quayle family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland. The name Quayle is derived 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 Quayle family

The surname Quayle 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 Quayle family

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

Quayle Spelling Variations

Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents Quayle has been spelled Quail, Quayle, Quaile, Quailes, McQuail, McQuayl and others.

Early Notables of the Quayle family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Quayle family to Ireland

Some of the Quayle 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.


United States Quayle migration to the United States +

Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Quayle were among those contributors:

Quayle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Quayle, who settled in Virginia in 1650
  • John Quayle, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [3]
Quayle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry and William Quayle, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1828

Australia Quayle migration to Australia +

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

Quayle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Quayle, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ramillies" in 1849 [4]

New Zealand Quayle 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:

Quayle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Quayle, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Mermaid" in 1859
  • Mr. William Quayle, British settler travelling from Liverpool aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 19th October 1859 [5]
  • Alfred Quayle, aged 24, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rooparell" in 1874
  • Philip Quayle, aged 28, a farm labourer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hannibal" in 1875
  • Mary A. Quayle, aged 26, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hannibal" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Quayle (post 1700) +

  • James C. Quayle (1921-2000), American newspaper publisher
  • Fred Quayle (b. 1936), American politician
  • John Quayle (1868-1930), U.S. Congressman
  • Frank J. Quayle, American Fire Commissioner of the City of New York
  • William Alfred Quayle (1860-1925), American Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Marilyn Quayle (b. 1949), wife of the former American Vice President, Second Lady of the United States, and author
  • James Quayle, American politician, Mayor of Logan, Utah, 1889-90, 1892-93 [6]
  • Francis J. Quayle Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1932, 1936; Postmaster at Brooklyn, New York, 1939-45 (acting, 1939-40) [6]
  • Donald K. Quayle, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1944 [6]
  • Daniel Quayle, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Trinidad, 1897 [6]
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Thomas Edward Quayle, British Cook "S", who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [7]


The Quayle 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
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAMILIES 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Ramillies.htm
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html


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