The Madness of ‘Mc’ Surnames

Carol Baxter
Jul 6, 2022
Free through July 12, 2022
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The MC Prefix
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The Root Name
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About this webinar

If you have already worked out that ‘Mc’ and ‘Mac’ surnames are the most complicated British surnames, you must listen to this webinar. And if you haven’t already worked this out, you must absolutely listen to this webinar. ‘Mc’ surnames are double the trouble because they can suffer distortions at the beginning, middle and end of the ‘Mc’ prefix as well as at the beginning, middle and end of the rest of the surname, the root word. Sound glides are a particular problem, in which the ‘k’ sound at the end of the ‘Mc’ prefix distorts the first letter of the root word (e.g. McCue/McKew/McHugh, McLachlan/McGloughlan). Transcription errors can also produce a non-‘Mc’ surname (e.g. Mackever/Markever) which can prove a trap for the unwary. This seminar will help you keep you sane when you encounter the complexities of these mad Scottish-origin surnames.

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Valid through: July 12, 2022

About the speaker

About the speaker

Carol Baxter is an experienced and informed historian and genealogist, an internationally-acclaimed, award-winning author, and a dynamic, inspirational presenter. Carol has been a genealogist for four decades having first become interested
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    Laurie Castillo
    17 hours ago

    Very illuminating. It is imperative that we learn as much as we can about names and potential name variants. This increases our ability to find more records for our ancestors. Carol Baxter is a delightful presenter. I look forward to her next presentation.

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    Xana Miller
    17 hours ago

    Thank you

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    Michael Brown
    19 hours ago

    a LOT to try to digest, but it was thorough enough to get you really thinking through the issues.

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    margaret Anderson
    19 hours ago

    Very easy to follow and understand. Full of information. Thank you.

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    Rochelle Males
    20 hours ago

    Wow. So many things to take in and digest! Thank you so much for sharing your vast knowledge with us and giving us all a better understanding of just what things we should be considering when we search for our elusive “Mc”/”Mac” ancestors.

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    Chris (Mrs) Wright
    20 hours ago

    Carol is a fantastic dynamic presenter, who never ceases to educate me.

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    Andrea Hunter
    20 hours ago

    Really useful thanks

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    Allison Willis
    20 hours ago

    I enjoyed it alot!!!


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