Collected Name Resources from LoARs (2010-present): - Mac and Mc -
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Articles from Juliana de Luna and Lillia de Vaux

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Septemeber 2013 - Juliana de Luna Link to LoAR Cover Letter

From Pelican: Reconsidering Mac and Mc (and ending up at the same place)

In September 2007, Pelican ruled that Mc and M' were scribal abbreviations for Mac and hence unregisterable. Since then, we have found considerable quantities of new Scots language and Anglicized Irish data. Thus, we revisited the question of whether Mc was only an abbreviation through 1600, or if it had begun to take on life as an independent element. Alys Mackyntoich did considerable research in the Records of the Parliaments of Scotland, all of which suggested that Mc remained a variant of (and presumably abbreviation of) Mac until after the end of our period. Thus, we will not change precedent: both Mc and M' will be expanded to Mac for registration purposes. Individuals with names expanded to Mac should of course feel free to use abbreviated forms like Mc and M' as documentary forms of their name.

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