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Spelling Variations: Pride in one's name is an admirable quality, but truth be told, the written word is only a poor representation of the spoken language. People write down what they hear, which makes spelling vulnerable to the speaker's accent. Many names were changed during immigration, and they are also subject to regional tendencies in spelling.

The sound of the name is more important than the spelling. Shakespeare spelled his own surname over twenty different ways, and who are we to argue with him?

Please be flexible and open-minded when looking for a name. Look at how many different ways you can spell this name: Fraser=Frashier=Frashure=Frasier=Frasuer=Frasuir=Frazar=Frazer=Frazier=Frazure

A - B
Abercrombie Armstrong Bell of the Borders Bruce
Aberdeen Atholl Black Watch Buchan
Agnew Austin Blair Buchanan
Allison Ayrshire Bowie Burnett
Anderson Baillie Boyd Burns
Angus Baird Brodie  
Arbuthnot Barclay Brown  
Cameron Campbell of Cawdor Christie Craig
Cameron of Erracht Campbell of Louden Clark Cranston
Cameron of Lochiel Carmichael Cochrane Crawford
Campbell Carnegie Cockburn Cummin(g)
Campbell of Argyll Chattan Colquhoun Cunningham
Campbell of Breadalbane Chisholm Cooper  
D - F
Dalziel Dundas Ettrick Forbes
Davidson Dundee Old Farquharson Forrester
Douglas Dunlop Ferguson Forsyth
Drummond Edinburgh Fife Fort William
Dunbar Elliot Fletcher Fraser
Duncan Erskine Flower of Scotland  
G - J
Galawater Graham of Menteith Hanna / Hannah / Hannay Innes Red
Galbraith Graham of Montrose Hay Inverness
Galloway Grant Henderson Irvine
Gillies Gray Hepburn Isle of Skye
Glasgow Gunn Home / Hume Johnstone
Gordon Guthrie Hunter  
Gow Hamilton Inglis  
K & L
Keith Kidd Lauder Lindsay
Kennedy Kincaid Leith Livingston
Kerr Lamont Leslie Logan

Mac is the Gaelic for "son" and is a very common element in Scottish and Irish surnames. It is often believed in the U.S. that Mac is Scottish and Mc is Irish, but this is not true. Mc is actually an abbreviation of Mac, and at one time was also written M'.

Philip D. Smith, tartan scholar and historian, says that in an early book on Highland music the author spelled his own family name three different ways on the first two pages: MacDonald, McDonald, and M'Donald.

For purposes of continuity, we use the Mac prefix throughout.

MacAllister MacDougall MacKellar MacNab
MacAlpine MacDuff MacKenzie MacNaughton
MacArthur MacEwen MacKinlay MacNeil
MacAuley MacFarlane MacKinnon MacNicol
MacBean MacFie MacKintosh MacPhail
MacBeth MacGill MacLachlan MacPhee
MacCallum, Old MacGillivray MacLaine Lochbuie MacPherson
MacColl MacGregor MacLaren MacQuarrie
MacConnell MacGuire MacLean MacQueen
MacDiarmid MacIan MacLellan MacRae
MacDonald MacInnes MacLennan MacTaggart
MacDonald Clanranald MacIntyre MacLeod MacTavish
MacDonald Glencoe MacIver / MacIvor MacLintock MacThomas
MacDonnell Glengarry MacKay MacMillan  
Malcolm Maxwell Mitchell Morrison
Mar / Marr Melville Moffat Muir
Marshall Menzies Montgomery Munro
Matheson Middleton Morgan Murray
N - R
Napier Oliphant Ramsay Ross
Nicolson Oliver Robertson Rothesay
Nisbet Paisley Rollo Roxburgh
Ogilvie Perthshire Rose Russell
Saint Andrews Sinclair Stewart of Appin Stuart of Bute
Scotland National Skene Stewart of Atholl Sutherland
Scott Smith Stirling / Bannockburn  
Shaw Stephenson / Stevenson Strathclyde  
Shepherd Stewart Strathspey  
T - Y
Taylor Tweedside Watson Wilson
Thompson / Thomson Urquhart Weir Young
Turnbull Wallace Wemyss