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Mac Names

Mac Names
Names that start with Mac or Mc are Irish or Scottish patronymics designating "son of." Of course, many of the most popular Mac names today, such as Mackenzie and McKenna, are usually given to girls. But there are a raft of lesser-used Mac names that work well for boys and lead to the adorable short form Mac.

Along with Mackenzie and McKenna, other Mac names in the US Top 1000 include McKinley, McKenzie, and Mack itself. Mac and Mc names including Macallister, McCoy, and McGreggor have been chosen by celebrities for their children.

If you have a Mac name on your family tree, consider co-opting it as a name for your son or daughter. Or select from our list of Mac and Mc Names, below.

Mac Names
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MckennaHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "son of the handsome one"
  • Description:

    Mackenzie begat McKenna -- a catchy but very trendy choice. While the Mc or Mac prefix means "son of," this is exclusively a girl's names in the US, with no boys recorded with either spelling of the name.

MackenzieHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "son of Kenneth"
  • Description:

    Originally inspired as a a girls’ name by eighties TV actress Mackenzie Phillips, parents have flocked to Mackenzie – once only a male name – for their daughters. Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling is one of the thousands who've chosen Mackenzie. Other Mac names, such as Makayla and McKenna, are also newly popular for girls.

MccoyHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish variation of McKay
  • Meaning:

    "fire"
  • Description:

    One of numerous usable Irish and Scottish surnames starting with Mac and Mc, this is the real McCoy. McCoy Tyner, the well-known jazz pianist, is one of the few to use this very cool name. Bonus: Nickname Mac.

MckinleyHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "son of the fair hero"
  • Description:

    Presidential name that makes a fresh substitute for MacKenzie or McKenna. Possible spelling variations include MacKinley, MacKinlee, Makinleigh ad almost infinitum. McKinley is one of the Scottish names for girls that can work equally well for boys.

MacleanHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "servant of Saint John"
  • Description:

    Whether you pronounce it Mac-cleen or Mac-clayn, this is one of the crispest and most appealing of the Mac names. The Scottish clan Maclean is one of the oldest of the Highland Scottish clans. Trivia tidbit: Sir Fitzroy Maclean is said to have been an inspiration for the Ian Fleming James Bond character.
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MacallisterHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "son of Alasdair"
  • Description:

    Macallister as a first name is attracting new attention as the name chosen by Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and venture capitalist Zack Bogue for their young son. Macallister is usually heard as a patronymic surname, meaning son of Alasdair or Alistair or any one of the spellings of the Scottish form of Alexander. Like all other names of this type, Macallister leads to the cute short form Mac.

MaguireHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "son of the beige one"
  • Description:

    Although Maguire is such a prominent Irish surname —it ranks in the Top 40 in the Emerald Isle —this lively and cheerful family name has rarely been used as a first, unlike more familiar examples like Ryan, Riley and Reagan. The powerful and distinguished Maguire clan was known for their courage, leadership and resilience. The name's many notable associations include the unionizing Pennsylvania coal miners known as the Molly Maguires, actor Tobey Maguire and Dixie Chick Martie Maguire. Other spellings are McGuire and McGwire; two other handsome Irish surnames to consider are Malone and Magee.

MacbethHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "son of life"
  • Description:

    Although appearing as a patronym (nope, it doesn't mean "son of Elizabeth"), Macbeth originated as a given name. It is derived from the Gaelic MacBeatha, describing a religious man.
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MacgregorHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "son of Gregor"
  • Description:

    Interesting possibility for the son or grandson of a Gregory.

MacraeHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "son of grace"
  • Description:

    MacRae -- or McRay or McCrae -- is a Scottish surname-name whose meaning is most often given as son of grace or sometimes son of luck. The hero of Lonesome Dove's last name was McCrae. A good honor name for a Ray or Rae, it can also be shortened to Mac.

MccabeHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish, patronymic from the word for cape or hat
  • Description:

    McCabe is an Irish patronymic surname that originated with Scottish mercenaries in Ireland who wore distinctive hats -- or cabas, which is also the name for capes.
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McenroeHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "hound of the promontory"
  • Description:

    Scottish and Irish Mac and Mc surnames are definitely up for consideration, and this one has sports cred via its link to tennis champ John. It was one of the fastest-rising names on Nameberry in early 2018, which definitely makes it one of the coolest Scottish names for boys.

McewanHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "son of Ewan"
  • Description:

    Shows some promise via its connection to the growing interest in Ewan.

MacdonaldHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish
  • Meaning:

    "son of Donald"
  • Description:

    Between "Old MacDonald" and Big Mac allusions, this would be a risky choice.
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MageeHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "son of Hugh"
  • Description:

    Magee became one of the first gender-bending Irish surname names so popular today thanks to New York television newswoman Magee Hickey. In case you don't know, the g is hard, as in Maggie, but with the opposite emphasis.
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MccartneyHeart

  • Origin:

    Scottish surname
  • Meaning:

    "son of Artan"
  • Description:

    This highly recognizable surname means "son of Artan," an Irish derivative of the name Art. It's most closely tied to Beatle Paul McCartney — we'd be willing to bet that some of the parents who give this name to their children each year are fans.

McdermottHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish
  • Meaning:

    "son of Diarmaid"
  • Description:

    McDermott is a common Irish surname that means, as all Mc or Mac names do, "son of" --then Dermott or Dermot, which is an Anglicization of the Irish Gaelic Diarmaid. The legendary Diarmaid was the lover of Grainne and the real King Diarmaid, in the twelfth century, first invited the English into Ireland. Actor Dermot Mulroney made his name famous in the U.S.
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McafeeHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish and Scottish surname
  • Meaning:

    "son of Duibhshíth"
  • Description:

    Ryan Murphy used the name McAfee on a supporting character in his TV series The Politician, which introduced it as a usable baby name.
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MccannaHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish surname
  • Description:

    Gary Sinise chose this Mc name for his daughter back before there were many McKennas or McKenzies running around.

McgillHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish and Scottish surname
  • Meaning:

    "son of the foreigner"
  • Description:

    Despite its appearance, McGill is not related to any of the Gil- names, including Gilbert, Gilford, and Gilson. The "gill" piece is derived from the Gaelic word gall, meaning "foreigner." Yet, it could still be used to honor a Gil in your life.
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MccueHeart

  • Origin:

    Gaelic
  • Meaning:

    "son of Hugh"
  • Description:

    This surname was used by Grant Show and Katherine La Nasa for their daughter Eloise's middle.

McgreggorHeart

  • Origin:

    Variation of Macgregor, Scottish surname
  • Meaning:

    "son of Gregor"
  • Description:

    Actress Brie Williamson chose this spin on MacGregor for her son in 2010.
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MckellarHeart

  • Origin:

    Irish and Scottish surname
  • Meaning:

    "son of Ealair"
  • Description:

    A modern update to Hilary, which is related to Gaelic Ealair.
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