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

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  • Farmer

    56%
  • Keeping House

    9%
  • Laborer

    5%
  • Farm Laborer

    3%

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Fail family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Fail. The most common Fail occupation in the USA was Farmer. 56% of Fail's were Farmers.

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Fail Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1946 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Fail

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