Scottish and Irish surnames are often very similar because both surnames are of Gaelic origin.
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I'm not sure, but I think Scottish and Irish Gaelic are almost mutally intelligible. Late s: Early s: Read all about it!
Irish use O. Originally Posted by Grumpy Cat. Both, perhaps Scottish has a somewhat higher incidence.
Originally Posted by Sikeliot. I don't think that's true. A lot of Irish surnames do start in Mc. But you are partially right in "O'" surnames never being Scottish.
Mac and Mc together
Not really. There is an argument that Mc is Irish in origin and Mac is Scottish, but I think this an argument to support a social view rather than an actual fact. Mc is merely an abbreviation for Mac, and has no social relevance. Ecossaise , Jan 7, Norfolk, England Native speaker of British English.
This is the first time I've ever heard a distinction drawn between Mac and Mc on the grounds of social standing Janey UK , Jan 7, Mac means "son of," and was spelled as such in Irish Gaelic. Generally speaking, the "Mac" spelling was retained among Scots and the "Mc" variant became widely used among Irish.
Why "Mac" and "Mc" Surnames Often Contain a Second Capital Letter
JamesEB , Jan 7, England, English. There are far too many examples of both spellings in either country for such a "rule" to be useful, even if it ever were a rule or convention, which I doubt very much. This site , by a Scot who has some academic credentials in the area, makes no bones about it being anything but a myth. Although "Mac" has been widely rendered as "Mc" in Anglicized Irish names, when names are spelt in Irish, the word is rendered "Mac" with a space after it e.
Macs are often lost in Anglicization, too.
I just mention this to illustrate the fact that this is not a straightforward matter. Matching Mole , Jan 7, Both Scots and Irish Gaelic are very similar and both terms are interchangeable and give no indication as to their origin. Both usages are found in both Scotland and Ireland. Marty , Jan 7, Hi, This is my first post here so Hello to everyone.
Why “Mac” and “Mc” Surnames Often Contain a Second Capital Letter
I have a set of books which list the author as D. Anyone care to comment? Welcome to the forum, The use of a small raised c which often looks like an apostrophe in some typefaces, but not the ones used on this forum was common in the 19th century. It's rarely seen nowadays.
An Analytical Dictionary of the English Language.
Like the ides of Homer, they bore the name of their ancestor. The Israelites were the children of Israel , as the Danaides were of Danaus ; in the same manner as the MAC son of the Irish, refers to the father of the tribe, to whose name the syllable is prefixed. Page xcvii or pdf page Source: Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality or spam answers that had to be removed, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site the association bonus does not count.
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Midhat Midhat 1, 4 19 You forgot to mention another prefix for names, that is "Fitz" as in Fitzgerald. It also means "son of" and it clearly shows noble French Norman ancestry.