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Gender: Male Meaning of Mac: "son of" Origin of Mac: Scottish or Irish

The name Mac is a boy's name of Scottish, Irish origin meaning "son of". Mac and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Rate the Previous Signature!".

From the experts:

In Ireland and Scotland, Mac and Mc mean "son of"; here, Mac is a generic fella, or a short form cooler than either Matt or Max. Mac can be a nickname of any longer Mac or Mc starting name such as McCoy or Macalister. If you want to make it feel more complete, you can always spell it Mack.

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Famous People Named Mac

Mac, stage name of McKinley Phipps, American rapper
Mac, English musician of hip hop group So Solid Crew
Mac Dre, stage name of Andre Louis Hicks, American rapper
Mac King, American comedy magician
Mac Mall, stage name of Jamal Rocker, American rapper
Mac Miller, stage name of Malcolm James McCormick, American rapper
Makoto "Mac" Suzuki, Japanese baseball pitcher
Mac Brandt, American actor
Derek "Uncle Mac" McCulloch, British radio broadcaster
Maclin "Mac" Cody, American NFL player
McBriare Samuel Lanyon "Mac" DeMarco (born Vernor Winfield McBriare Smith IV), Canadian singer-songwriter
Bernie Mac, stage name of Bernard Jeffrey McCullough, American actor/comedian
Mason Mac Taylor Dawson (b. 2013), son of actor Ashley Taylor Dawson
Johnathan Mackensey "Mac" Williamson, San Francisco Giants outfielder

Pop Culture References for the name Mac

Ronald "Mac" McDonald, character in TV's "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia"
Macintosh "Mac," computer brand from Apple, Inc.
Mac Bradford, character from the movie "Point Blank"
Captain Mac, a character in video game Final Fantasy Mystic Quest
Mac, a character in animated TV show "Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends"
Mac, a character from Apple's "Get A Mac" ad campaign, representing a Macintosh computer
Mac, Goofy Gopher in Looney Tunes cartoons
Mac, a character from British sitcom "Green Wing"
Mac, the alien in movie "Mac and Me"
Little Mac, a character in the "Punch-Out!!" video game series
Mac Gargan, villain in Spider-Man comics
Mac Taylor, character from TV's "CSI: NY"
Cindy "Mac" Mackenzie, a character from TV's "Veronica Mars"
Randle "Mac" McMurphy, character in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
Angus "Mac" MacGyver, main character on TV's "MacGyver"
Mac, a character from the "Clifford the Big Red Dog" series
Mac, short for macaroni, as in "mac 'n' cheese"
MAC, cosmetic brand
Fleetwood Mac, British-American rock band

Mack, Mackey, Mackie


EW314 Says:


I think this is a nice, no-nonsense name. Not sure whether I like this or the Mack spelling better. This one feels a bit more youthful and edgy, while Mack feels a bit more solid and mature.

laa Says:


This is nice to hear as we named our son Mac. Does he go by the name "Mac" at school too? Thnx

rumsmom Says:


My son's middle name is McGuire & we call him Mac (his first name is the same as my husband's & we wanted to avoid the "Big & little" syndrome). Always surprised how positively people respond to his nickname-they always like it.