Origin of the Name McFadden
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The Gaelic form of the name McFadden is MacPhaidin and it has a number of anglicized forms including Fadden, McFadyen, Padden and McPadden. This is a baptismal name meaning 'son of Paidin', meaning Patrick. This clan were the first possessors of Lochbuie in Scotland and when expelled became a race of wandering artificers.
A sept or clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. Irish septs and clans that are related often belong to even larger groups, sometimes called tribes.
An early record of the name occurs in the year 1304 when a Malcolm MacPaden was recorded as a charter witness at Achichendone in Kintyre. A Conghan MacPaden was later recorded as having petitioned for the archdeaconry of Argyll in the year 1390. The name in Ireland originates in County Donegal where in the year 1660 a Charles MacFadin was recorded as being one of the Commissioners for that County. A notable bearer of the name was Sir Arthur Fadden who was one of Australia's most famous Prime Ministers. His father was born in County Galway in the west of Ireland .
The McFadden coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all McFadden descendants.