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Posted February 20th, 2014
10 Responses to “Celebrity Names: The Mcs and the Macs”
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February 21st, 2014 at 11:42 am
My personal favourites are MacDhui, MacNabb, McHugh, and McKean, but I don’t think I’d ever give them as first names. As someone whose first name is a Scottish surname, I would have preferred having a “normal” first name as a name.
February 21st, 2014 at 1:20 pm
I like Mc Adams
February 21st, 2014 at 3:17 pm
My grandmothers maiden name was McKenna. I would love to use that as a first name for a boy, but since it’s been used so much for girls, I am a little apprehensive.
February 21st, 2014 at 3:32 pm
I like McElwain. I imagine it’s pronounced MACKlwin. I think Ian McElwain has a nice ring. I also like Macalistair or spelling variants.
February 21st, 2014 at 3:17 pm
“My grandmothers maiden name was McKenna. I would love to use that as a first name for a boy, but since it’s been used so much for girls, I am a little apprehensive.”
I have an aunt with the last name McKenna, and I, too, can only see it as a girl’s name.
February 21st, 2014 at 3:39 pm
I know a guy whose first name is McDonald. He goes by Mac. It works really well.
February 21st, 2014 at 5:03 pm
These name all seem better without the prefix. What’s wrong with just Gregor or Kellen or Dermot? I also like the names Mac and Mick all by themselves. I guess I just don’t want my child’s name sounding like a law firm.
February 22nd, 2014 at 1:52 am
I was in a buffet line once where I was served by a tall young man whose name tag showed his first name to be McHugh. I was intrigued, especially as his last name was Pierre (!), but I didn’t scrape up the nerve to ask him about it.
The way Mackenzie caught fire, I could see some of these catching on. I think my favorite Mac-contender for a first name is McKay (for a boy), but with all the McKaylas, etc., out there, I probably wouldn’t use it.
February 22nd, 2014 at 12:18 pm
My surname is a Mc- name, if I get married I would definitely consider using my maiden name as a son’s middle name. For a first name, I just think they are “too” surname-y, even more so than Carson or Carter sometimes (though both are on my list) however I do have a love for MacKenzie / McKenzie on both genders; Max, Mack or Keni for a boy, and Kenzie for a girl.
February 23rd, 2014 at 5:27 pm
@Aurora I don’t think think McKay is pronounced in the same way as McKayla its Mc kai not Kay
May 5th, 2016 at 9:12 am
I love this list, there are so many interesting monikers here I never would have thought of. McKellan is such a cool name, and so is McGregor.
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