Type Surname (from given name)
Pronounced Pron. MUHK+ TAV + ISH [key]
Other Forms FormsMacTamhais, MacTavish, McTavish, Mactavish, MacTavis, M‘Tavish, Thomas, Thomson
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Meaning & History
On the Scottish west coast, the McTavish family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the personal name Tammas, which is the Lowland Scottish form of Thomas. The Gaelic forms of the name are Mac Tamhais or Mac Thamhais, both of which mean son of Tammas.