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This article is about the surname. For the bird, see Quail.

Quayle is a surname of Anglo-Celtic origin, specifically English, Irish, Manx and Scottish.[1][2]

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/Póil/Paayl". These are Gaelic patronymic forms of the personal name Paul.[1] When originating in Ireland the name is sometimes a variant of the surname Quill.[1] When Quayle is of English origin the surname can be derived from the Old French/Middle English quaille, meaning "quail".[3] 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.[1] The name is recorded in the Isle Man as MacFayle in 1511, and MacQuayle, Quayle in 1540.[3] The name is recorded in England as Quayle in 1327.[3]



Broadcasting and journalism[edit]


  • Ben Quayle (born 1976), son of Dan Quayle and former U.S. Congressman from Arizona
  • Dan Quayle (born 1947), 44th Vice President of the United States
  • Fred Quayle (born 1936), American politician
  • John Quayle (1868–1930), a U.S. Congressman
  • Marilyn Quayle (born 1949), wife of the Vice President, Second Lady of the United States, and author
  • Martyn Quayle (1959–2016), Manx politician




Fictional people[edit]

Similar or related surnames[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Quail Name Meaning and History". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 16 December 2008. 
  2. ^ "Quayle Name Meaning and History". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 16 December 2008. 
  3. ^ a b c Reaney, Percy Hilde; Wilson, Richard Middlewood (2006). A Dictionary of English Surnames (PDF) (3rd ed.). London: Routledge. p. 2563. ISBN 0-203-99355-1.