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Re^2: Do you have a middle name?

by Anonymous Monk
on Dec 03, 2009 at 08:32 UTC ( #810780=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Do you have a middle name?
in thread Do you have a middle name?

Mc-
Mac-
-son
-sen
-ić
all these pre/suf-ixes common for surnames literally mean "son of" (Boutros ibin Boutros, Boutros son of Boutros)


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Re^3: Do you have a middle name?
by Anonymous Monk on Dec 03, 2009 at 14:56 UTC
    this is an 'AHA' moment, I wondered why McDonald's was named McDonald's so it is Son of Donald's :P..

    Macintosh is son of 'Intosh'..

    My imagination is taking me somewhere with McB**ch...
      -

      Gaelic for "male descendant of"

      N -

      Gaelic for "female descendant of"

      Mac -

      Gaelic for "son of"

      Nic -

      Gaelic for "daughter of"

      These were anglicized to Mac/Mc- and - for both sexes...

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