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[Ir., ScG, son, son of].

First word of early Irish and Scottish Gaelic patronymics, e.g. Conchobar mac Nessa. When the mac- is lower- case, the patronymic is not a family name: Conchobar is not ‘Mr mac Nessa’. Such figures are alphabetized under their given names, ‘C’ for Conchobar. Mac- is capitalized in two instances: (1) when it is the first element in the only name by which a personage is known, e.g. Mac Cécht; (2) when patronymics became family names under English influence, e.g. Macpherson. See also AP-; FAB; MAB-; UA; UÍ; VAB-.

(1) when it is the first element in the only name by which a personage is known, e.g. Mac Cécht; (2) when patronymics became family names under English influence, e.g. Macpherson. See also AP-; FAB; MAB-; UA; UÍ; VAB-.

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