Show ContentsVaile History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The first family to use the name Vaile lived among the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. The name Vaile is derived from the personal name Paul. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Phàil. [1]

Another source notes the name is from "Mac Phail, ‘Paul's Son'. Phail is Anglicised from Maelfabhaill. ‘Maelfabhaill, son of Muircheartach, slain by the Norsemen'. " [2]

Early Origins of the Vaile family

The surname Vaile was first found in Inverness, where one of the first records was of Gillemore M'Phale who was one of an inquest at Inverness in 1414. [3]

From this earliest record, spellings were frequently changed. "Donald M'Pawle witnessed an indenture between Doncan Makyntosche and Huchone the Rois, Baron of Kylraok, 1490, and Donald Makfaill and Gylleis Makfaill were witnesses to a contract of friendship between Dunbar of Westfield and the Clanchattan, 1492. Finlay MacChaell, bailie of Rothesay, 1501, appears in 1503 as Macfaill, and again in 1506 as Makcaill, under which name he received a grant of a third of the lands of Dunallirde in Bute. The lands of Dulatyr in the lordship of Petty were let to Gilleis McFale in 1504. Sir John Mcfaell, a Pope's knight, who witnessed a bond of manrent in 1533, is possibly D John M'Fale who witnessed a charter relating to the church of Lindichty, 1535, and in 1538 appears as rector of the church." [3]

Early History of the Vaile family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Vaile research. Another 420 words (30 lines of text) covering the years 1490, 1533, 1547, 1548, 1557, 1578, 1579, 1583, 1589, 1618, 1686, 1711, 1678, 1411, 1684, 1706, 1736, 1603, 1502, 1481, 1692, 1588, 1510, 1711, 1583, 1575, 1692, 1684, 1699, 1670, 1671, 1786, 1805, 1754, 1794, 1785 and are included under the topic Early Vaile History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Vaile 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. Vaile has appeared MacPhail, MacPhial, MacPhiel, MacFail, MacFall, MacFaul, MacVail, MacPhale, MacPail, MacPhaul, MacFale, Phail, Fayle and many more.

Early Notables of the Vaile family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan at this time was James MacPhail (fl. 1786-1805), gardener, the son of a highland peasant, born in Aberdeenshire in 1754. In his seventeenth year he obtained employment as a farm labourer. 'I ate and drank,' he says, 'at the same table as my master and mistress, for I was the only servant or labourer they kept' (Hints and Observations on the Improvement of...
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Ireland Migration of the Vaile family to Ireland

Some of the Vaile family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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New Zealand Vaile 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:

Vaile Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • George Ebenezer Vaile, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • John R Vaile, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Samuel Vaile, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • William Vaile, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1842
  • Mr. S. Vaile, American settler travelling from Honolulu aboard the ship "Iliomama" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th July 1851 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Vaile (post 1700) +

  • William Newell Vaile (1876-1927), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Colorado 1st District, 1919-27 [5]
  • Victor E. III Vaile, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Florida, 1972 [5]
  • Anna Wolcott Vaile, American Republican politician, Member of Republican National Committee from Colorado, 1924 [5]
  • Ms. Susan Mary Vaile B.E.M., British recipient of Medallist of the British Empire Medal 29th December 2018 for voluntary service in Warwickshire [6]


  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Moore, A.W., Manx Names. London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1906. Print
  3. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists


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