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    Default "MacDonald" and "McDonald"

    Dear teacher,

    Are "MacDonald" and "McDonald" the same? Are they surnames or forenames?

    There is a song named "Old MacDonald"or "Old McDonald". I wonder which one should be the title of that song, and does the title of that song refer to the surname or forename?

    Thank you very much.

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    Default Re: "[i]MacDonald[/i]" and "[i]McDonald[/i]&a

    Quote Originally Posted by zhu
    Dear teacher,

    Are "MacDonald" and "McDonald" the same? Are they surnames or forenames?
    They are surnames/family names/last names. They are not first names, although someone probably has one or the other as a first name--you never know these days. :wink:

    Mc is an abbreviation of Mac. (i.e., Old M(a)cDonald)

    Quote Originally Posted by Macillus
    MacDonald and McDonald are perfectly equivalent. The common myth that "McDonald" is Irish and "MacDonald" is Scottish is absolutely erroneous. SOURCE
    Mac is Celtic in origin: Scottish and Irish stem from Celtic origins:

    Mac means, Son of
    Nic means, Maiden name of Mac
    Mhic means, Married name of Mac

    Quote Originally Posted by zhu
    There is a song named "Old MacDonald"or "Old McDonald". I wonder which one should be the title of that song, and does the title of that song refer to the surname or forename?
    Both Old MacDonald and Old McDonald are used. They mean the same thing; Both spellings are accepted. Again, Mc is an abbreviation of Mac. Old Ma(c)Donald refers to an elderly farmer: Mr. Ma(c)Donald. :D

    All the best, :D

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