Origin of the Name McPadden
family history was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives.
Over the centuries Surnames developed a wide number of variants. Different spellings of the same name can be traced back to an original root. Additionally when a bearer of a name emigrated it was not uncommon that their original name would be incorrectly transcribed in the record books at their new location. Surnames were also often altered over the years based on how they sounded phonetically and depending on the prevailing political conditions it may have been advantageous to change a name from one language to another.
Variants of the name McPadden
include Paden, McFadden, McFadyen and Padden. This is a baptismal name meaning 'son of Paidin', meaning Patrick. The name in Gaelic is MacPhaidin and the above variants and many more are the anglicized versions of this ancient name. This clan were the first possessors of Lochbuie in Scotland and when expelled became a race of wandering artificers. A sept or clan was a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors bore a common surname and inhabited the same territory. An early record of the name occurs in 1304 when a Malcolm MacPaden is recorded as a charter witness at Achichendone in Kintyre. A Conghan MacPaden petitioned for the archdeaconry of Argyll in the year 1390. The name in Ireland is from County Donegal where families of the name have been on record since 1660 when a Charles MacFadin was recorded as one of the commissioners for that County. Sir Arthur Fadden, whose father hailed from County Galway , became one of Australia's most famous Prime Ministers.
The McPadden 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 McPadden descendants.