All variants of this name derive from the Gaelic Macphaidein, 'son of little Patrick', and it is first recorded in Kintyre in 1304. There is a tradition that the clan was the first owner of Lochbuie, and subsequently became itinerant goldsmiths. The name was common in Islay, Mull, and Tiree.  

The name itself is regarded as a sept of Clan MacLean, due to a constant problem of spelling and misspellings which occur for many Scottish names.  It is specifically linked to Maclaines of Lochbuie (see MacLaine Lochbuie).

Choose from one of the MacFadyen tartans listed below: