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What does Mc- mean?

Mc- as a boys' name is pronounced mak. It is of Scottish and Irish origin. Surnames occasionally used as given names.

ASSOCIATED WITH Mc-, scottish, irish, surnames


VARIANTS Mac, Mcarthur, Mccain, Mccarthy, Mccaulay, Mcclain, Mccormick, Mccoy, Mckade, Mckay, Mckinley


Which version is better?

Mac (#1096 IN 2015), Mcarthur, Mccoy (#1050), Mckay and Mckinley (#1980) are the popular variation forms of Mc- (NOT IN TOP 2000) ranked in the Top 2000. These relations of Mc- were favored a century ago (AVERAGE #1392) and have become much less widespread since, with the version Mckinley becoming less in vogue. (2015 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Mac, Mcarthur, Mccoy, Mckay, Mckinley in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Mc- and related baby names outside U.S.