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    Some "Macs" in my family include McRory, McElroy, McDonald and McFergus. I also have McNaught and McLochlan down the line.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Nihtgenga View Post
    How common is the surname Dowell in Scotland?
    McDowell is more common

    but it's the same name


    most of the Scottish names in my tree are Lowland and Border names (Ulster-Scots)

    Gaelic names-
    1. Brown-(originally Dunn/Duinn/Donne from Ayrshire)
    2. Campbell
    3. Murray-(from Galloway, not Highlands)

    Anglo-Bernician names-
    4. Smyth (Smith)
    5. Thompson
    6. Chester-(from Durham, English Borders)

    Anglo-Norman names-
    7. Oliphant-(from Cumbria, English Borders)
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    I have a McDonald several generations ago.
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    I have a highland Scottish surname. It is an Anglicised Gaelic version of a biblical name.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham View Post
    Think it may one of those names that are both Scottish and Irish. I know in Ireland you have O'Donnell or Donnelly. Not sure.
    What about "Murphy"? i know it's a typical irish surname, but could it be considerated scottish too?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SaraNM View Post
    What about "Murphy"? i know it's a typical irish surname, but could it be considerated scottish too?
    nah it's easily Irish. My Step-Cousin has this surname.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham View Post
    nah it's easily Irish. My Step-Cousin has this surname.
    Really? that's my mother's surname too

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    Interesting. Does anybody know about McGrory?

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    In my family tree we have mostly Angle sounding names, not really Scottish. For example, Johnston/e, a family which settled in the borders from England. Am I a Scot or a Sassenach?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Learning_Genetics View Post
    In my family tree we have mostly Angle sounding names, not really Scottish. For example, Johnston/e, a family which settled in the borders from England. Am I a Scot or a Sassenach?
    Johnstone's a Scottish surname. Johnson is English or Shetlander.

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