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    "Mc" in English names?!

    Hi all,

    I'm curious about the meaning of "Mc" in some English names. For example, McDonald, McCann, McCarthy, etc.
    What does "Mc" stand for? Is it somehow similar to the article "the'', but of course it goes only with some names?

    Thank you in advance.

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    Re: "Mc" in English names?!

    The prefix "Mc" and "Mac" mean "son of." That's why it really bugs me when clueless but trendy Americans name their daughters MacKenzie and McKinley. They don't realize they're actually calling their girl a boy.

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