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From: Bonnie McClory <>
Subject: Re: Mc vs. Mac and such
Date: Fri, 14 Jan 2000 00:01:38 -0800
Mac, Mc and M' are all the same, as far as I know. Mc and M' are shortened forms
of Mac. Mac means "son of" in Gaelic (originally was Mag, BTW). It does NOT
signify whether the family came from Ireland or Scotland; that was a nice story,
but incorrect. My father drew a single line under the small "c" of our name
sometimes; he also placed the small "c" up high by the points of the capital "M."
I asked him once what the line meant and he said it was just for emphasis and
really meant nothing. I guess it was sort of an affectation.
> I have a question. I am wondering what significance, if any, lines under the
> c in Mc have, and how Mac versus Mc and M' differ. What are their origins?
> For me, Mc with 2 lines under the c are applicable.
> Hoping someone can help me,