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Fail Name Meaning

Scottish: reduced form of McPhail. Black suggests that it may also be a habitational name from Fail in Ayrshire. Northern English (Scottish Borders): Reaney has it as a nickname from Old French faille ‘erring’ or ‘failure’, but a more probable source is the southern Scots dialect adjective fail, meaning ‘frail’ or ‘weak’. Altered spelling of French Faile. Altered spelling of German Föhl, Fehl, variants of Feil 2.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Faile, Faul, Bain, Fall, Fain, Fair, Gail, Feil, Faix, Nail

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Fail Family Origin

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Fail Family Occupations

What did your Fail ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Fail. 30% of Fail men worked as a Farmer and 19% of Fail women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Fail were Farming and Stenographer

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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Carpenter
  • Farming

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Laborer
  • Waitress
  • Stenographer

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Fail Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Fail. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Fail census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 950 immigration records available for the last name Fail. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Fail. For the veterans among your Fail ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Fail Life Expectancy

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Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Fail life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1978. The average life expectancy for Fail in 1946 was 37, and 81 in 2004.

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