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From: "Walt McKENZIE, Sr." <>
Subject: Re: Re:Grandpa Walt
Date: Sun, 27 Nov 2005 12:42:28 -0500
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Hi Bill ,
Most genealogist feel there is no documentation to establish a
valid reason for the Mac to Mc. However, from all I've seen, changing
names to conceal "criminal" / religious etc. background to facilitate
relocation was rather common. Some MacKenzie (my) only used the
Mac to Mc entirely or initially, with others it seems to have progressed
to entire surname thus all the spelling variations some of which look
entirely different. My aunt b. 1902 told me ancestors were horse/sheep
thieves in Scotland & change Mac to Mc in transition to Ire. These
changes took place with moves from Highlands N. Scot to S. Scot, to
N.Ire, to S.Ire, to US, Can & Aus.
I feel it was done primarily for "criminal" & religious reasons to
put past behind & moving along for a better life. Walt
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill McKinney" <>
To: "Walt McKENZIE, Sr." <>; <>
Sent: Sunday, November 27, 2005 12:19 PM
Subject: Re:Grandpa Walt
> My last name is McKinney, a sept of the MacKenzie clan. I was wondering if
> you knew how your last name came to be shortened from Mac to Mc.
> Also, I've always wondered about the significance of the dash with two legs
> under the c in my name. Can you -- or anyone -- care to enlighten me.
> Bill McKinney
> Erie, Pa.
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