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SOURCE: Nickname & Given Name
OTHER FORMS: Quail, Quill, MacFayle, Mac Phàil, Mac Phóil, Mac Phaayl, MacQuayle
CONTRIBUTOR: LMS on 1/17/2016
Meaning & History
Meaning, "son of Paul." When the name originates from Ireland, the Isle of Man and Scotland it is an Anglicisation of the Gaelic Mac Phàil
(Scottish) Mac Phóil
(Irish) Mac Phaayl
(Manx) meaning "son of Pàil
". These are Gaelic patronymic forms of the personal name Paul
. When originating in Ireland the name is sometimes a variant of the surname Quill
. When Quayle is of English origin the surname can be derived from the Old French/Middle English quaille
, meaning "quail". In this way the name would be used as a nickname for a timorous, lecherous, or fat person - words that all describe this particular bird. The name is recorded in the Isle Man as MacFayle
in 1511, and MacQuayle
, Quayle in 1540. The name is recorded in England as Quayle in 1327.