He decreed that surnames needed to be recorded, and it was getting confusing to have the several generations of the same family all with different last names. This is true in many different languages and societies across the globe. Obviously, this was not a lasting practice and is not nearly as popular as Johnson.
During my schooling in Scotland. We were taught that the difference between the two variants was, Mc, Irish.
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Mac, Scottish. Mc being pronounced Mick And Mac as Mac. Although they both relate to tbe same family it denotes the Irish side of it. We were told that it was to do with the reformation and the families who wished to remain Catholic emigrated to Ireland.
The Origin of Irish Family Names
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May 23, by editor 1 Comment Celtic Life. You can probably see why Mc and Mac names typically contain a second capital letter. Bob Poole January 27, at pm Reply. Cancel Reply. Name required. Underlined surnames below are linked to the home page of a clan or family surname organizations for that surname in the surname ranking lists below. No significant attempt was made to link sept associated surnames to their respective clan organization's web site. Individual's web sites or genealogy sites are typically not linked to any surname below. Surnames not on these lists may appear below under the heading of Clan and Family Name Organizations as do additional links to organization web sites for those surnames which have more than one active web site or organization.
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Popular Scottish surnames and their meanings
Smith - occupational, as in 'blacksmith or goldsmith' English 2. Brown - descriptive, from the colour English 3. Clark - occupational, as clerk Latin 7. Walker - occupational, from 'wealcere' meaning a fuller Old English 8. Young - descriptive English 9. Scott - 1 a Scotsman English or 2 descriptive, from 'scutt' English Campbell - descriptive, from 'cam beul' meaning 'crooked mouth' Gaelic Stewart - occupational, from 'stig-weard' meaning 'sty-warden Old English Bell - 1 descriptive, from 'bel' meaning 'beautiful' French or 2 territorial, meaning 'one who lives near a bell English or 3 matronymic, meaning 'son of Isabella' English Bailey - occupational, meaning 'bailiff' French Cooper - occupational English Ross - 1 territorial, from Ross in northern Scotland or 2 descriptive, meaning red-haired Old English Alexander - patronymic Greek Hamilton - territorial, from Hambleton or Hambledon in England Wallace - descriptive, meaning 'Welsh' or 'foreign' Celtic McDonald - patronymic - 'son of Donald' Gaelic Marshall - occupational, meaning 'horse servant' French Murray - territorial, from the province of Moray Crawford - territorial, from the barony in Lanarkshire Boyd - possibly territorial, from the Isle of Bute Gaelic Kennedy - origin obscure Irish Burns - territorial, from 'bourne' meaning 'stream' English Gordon - probably territorial, from Gordon in Berwickshire Shaw - 1 territorial, possibly from a place name meaning 'thicket' English or 2 an anglicisation of Sithig Gaelic Rose - see Ross Duncan - descriptive, meaning 'brown warrior' Gaelic Cunningham - territorial, from Cunningham in Ayrshire English Armstrong - descriptive English Elliott - occupational?
Austin - 1 patronymic, from Augustine Latin or 2 used for Uisdean Gaelic Reid - descriptive, meaning 'red' English Douglas - descriptive, meaning 'dark stranger' Gaelic Fleming - territorial, meaning a person from Flanders English Craig - territorial, from 'crag' meaning 'rock' English Fletcher - occupational English Ramsey - territorial, from Ramsey in Huntingdonshire, England.
Usually spelled Ramsay in Scotland Buchanan - territorial, from the district in Stirlingshire Logan - territorial, from Logan in Ayrshire.
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McKenzie - patronymic, meaning 'son of Kenneth' which means 'handsome' or 'born of fire' Gaelic Bruce - territorial, from Brix in Normandy Gilmore - occupational, meaning 'servant of Mary Gaelic Keith - territorial, from the lands in East Lothian McDowell - patronymic meaning 'son of Dougal' Gaelic McLean See No 70 above McCall - patronymic, meaning 'son of Cathal' Gaelic McKee - variant of Mackay - patronymic meaning 'son of Aodh' Gaelic Livingston e - territorial, from the lands in West Lothian McIntosh - patronymic, meaning 'son of the chief' Gaelic McMillan - patronymic meaning 'son of the bald or tonsured one' Gaelic McIntyre - patronymic meaning 'son of the carpenter' Gaelic Gillespie - ocuupational meaning 'servant of the bishop' Gaelic McKay - see No 75 above McCarty - not listed in Black - probably a patronymic meaning 'son of Arthur' Irish?
Stuart - see No 12 above Forbes - territorial, from the lands in Aberdeenshire Guthrie - territorial, from the barony in Angus Sinclair - territorial, from St Clare in Normandy Dunbar - territorial, from the place name McElroy - patronymic, meaning 'son of the red-haired lad' Gaelic The spelling Lesley is almost unknown in Scotland except as a girl's given name.
Ritchie - patronymic, meaning 'little Richard' which means 'rule hard' Germanic McKinley - patronymic, meaning 'son of Finlay' which means 'fair hero' Gaelic McCord - patronymic, meaning 'son of Cuart' Gaelic Carmichael - territorial, from the barony in Lanarkshire McGraw - not listed in Black - probably an Irish variant of No 90 Trotter - occupational, meaning a messenger Old French McRae - see no 90 above McKenna - patronymic meaning 'son of Cionaodh' Gaelic Drummond - territorial, from the barony in Perthshire, or Drymen in Stirlingshire McNair - patronymic meaning 1 'son of brown John' or 2 'son of the heir' or 3 'son of the smith' or 4 'son of the stranger' Gaelic Laird - occupational, meaning landowner English Abernathy - usually Abernethy in Scotland - territorial, from the place in Perthshire Napier - occupational, meaning the person who looked after the linen French Weir - territorial, from various places named Vere in France Christie - occupational, meaning a Christian McCracken - patronymic, possibly related to No 79 Crenshaw - not listed in Black Duff - descriptive, meaning 'dark' Gaelic Bowie - descriptive, possibly meaning 'yellow' Gaelic Snodgrass - territorial, from lands in Ayrshire Moffett - Usually Moffat in Scotland - territorial, from the town McCrary - not listed in Black - perhaps a variant of No McDuffie - patronymic, meaning 'son of the black man of peace' Gaelic Chisholm - territorial, from the barony in Roxburghshire.
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Wilson 4. Anderson 5. Thompson 6. Clark 7. Walker 8. Young 9. Scott Mitchell Campbell Stewart
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