a prefix found in many family names of Irish or Scottish Gaelic origin, as MacBride and Macdonald.
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Also Mc- Mc-, M'-.
Origin of Mac-
< Irish, Scots Gaelic mac son, Old Irish macc; akin to Welsh, Cornish mab
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British Dictionary definitions for mac-
Mc- or M'-
(in surnames of Scottish or Irish Gaelic origin) son ofMacDonald; MacNeice
Word Origin for Mac-
from Goidelic mac son of; compare Welsh mab, Cornish mab
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