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Subject: Irish versus Scottish names: Mc vs. Mac
Author: Scott McLeod   (guest)
Date: February 4, 2003 at 8:55 AM

Firstly, I am not sure if my last name is Scottish or Irish. I have heard that Mc's are Irish names whereas Mac's are Scottish.

I have also heard that Mc is nothing more than shortened Mac, as people dropped the 'a' over time.

My family's origins lie in Scotland yet I am not sure about my surname. (It wasn't in the database.)

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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