GAELIC MEANING – SURNAMES

July 9, 2009

Cameron – crooket nose -Camshron
Campbell -crooket mouth – Caimbeul
Carmichael – of the Archangel Michael – MacGilleMhichell
Ferguson of Fearghas – a Gaelic name meaning supreme choice – MacFhearghais
Fraser – A Norman name – Friseal
Gilbride – of St. Bridget – MacGilleBhrughde
Gilchrist – of Christ – MacGilleChriosda
Gillespie – of the bishop – Gilleasbaig
Gillies – of Jesus – MacGilliosa
Gilmour – of mary – MacGilleMhoire
MacArthur – of Artair – MacArtair
MacAskill – of Asgaill, a Norse name – MacAsgaill
MacAulay – of Amhlaigh, a Norse name – MacAmhlaigh
MacDonald – of Domhnall – MacDhomhnaill
MacGregor – of Griogair (Gregor) – MacGriogair
MacInnes – of Aonghas – MacAonghais
Macintyre – of the carpenter – Mac an t-Saoir
MacIver – of Iomhar (Ivor) – MacIomhair
MacKay – of Aodh, an old Gaelic name meaning fire – MacAoidh
MacKenzie – of Coinneach – MacCoinnich
MacKintosh – of the chief – Mac an Toisich
MacLean – of Seathan, a form of John – MacGillEathain
MacLeod – of Leod – MacLeoid
MacNeill – of Niall – MacNeill
MacPhail – of Pol, from the name of the aposlte Paul – MacPhail
Macpherson – of the parson – Mac a’ Phearsain
MacRae – of grace – MacRath
MacSween – of Suain, a Norse name – MacSuain
Matheson – of the bear (Matheson) – MacMhathain
Murray – derived from the place name Moray – Moireach
Nicholson, MacNicol – of Neacal Greek, popular because of St. Nicholas – MacNeacall
Robertson – of Donnchadh – MacDhonnchaidh
Smith – of the smith – Mac a’Ghobhainn
Stewart, Stuart – derived from King Robert11′s position as High Stewart of Scotland – Stiubhart
Thomson, Thompson – of Tomas, meaning twin, from the apostle Thomas – MacThomais
Urqhuart – derived from the name of the place Loch Ness-side – Urchardan

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