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    Quote Originally Posted by TheViridiana View Post
    My recent family surnames are McDougall, Ruthven, Annand, McDonald and Traill, All Norse and Norman derived, only MacGregor is gaelic. Mac doesn't necessarily refer to Gaelic origin, it depends who the clan progenitor was, Mac simply denotes 'son of' like O' does.
    Mac is son yes but O means grandson or descendant.


    The Morrigan (also Mórrigan or Morrigu) is one of the most mysterious figures in Irish mythology.
    The name Morrigan means 'phantom queen' (or 'great queen') and describes a Goddess from old Ireland that was very associated with war, destiny, fate and death.
    She was a shape-shifter and frequently appeared as a black crow, an ominous sign for those who saw her prior to battle. Legend has it that the Morrigan was in fact a triad of sisters, often named as Badb, Macha and Nemain, while the Morrigan is also remembered as the triad of the land Goddesses Ériu, Banba and Fódla.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Grace O'Malley View Post
    Mac is son yes but O means grandson or descendant.
    Never knew that. Live and learn.


    My mums surname and a great grans surname is in this list. Anyone else with these names?

    Clan Farquharson
    Barrie, Bowman, Brebner, Christie, Coutts, Findlay, Findlayson, Finlay, Finlayson, Greusach, Hardie, Hardy, Kerracher, MacCaig, MacCartney, MacCuaig, MacEaracher, MacFarquhar, MacHardie, MacHardy, MacKerchar, MacKerracher, MacKindlay, MacKinlay, Reoch, Riach, Tawse.


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    My mother's cousin married a Campbell.
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    The Campbell name comes from old irish "cam-beul" meaning crooked mouthed. I know because I'm descended from them.

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    Map of the Scottish Clan lands
    ...Even if a man lives well, he dies and another one comes into existence. Let the one who comes later upon seeing this inscription remember the one who had made it. And the name is Omurtag, Kanasubigi.

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