3055Re: [albanach] Research Advice
- Mar 7, 2003Joy Fisher wrote:
> I very much appreciate the time you spent explainingAs I said in my last email, MacCracken is always listed under the clan
> the things that you have. Thank you sincerely.
> Would McCracken then be considered to be part of Clan
MacNaughton in modern clan/family reference works, simply because
MacCracken and MacNaughton are merely different Anglicized spellings of
the same Gaelic name.
So, yes, MacCracken is a part of Clan MacNaughton for modern reasons --
i.e. deciding what tartan to wear, wanting to join a clan society,
participation in the Highland Games, etc.
However, I wanted to stress that all of this is a modern consideration.
In period, the Gaels did not have surnames per se, and what clan you
belonged to had nothing to do with your name. Bob MacSmitty was called
that because his first name was Bob and his dad's first name was
Smitty. He was Bob, son of Smitty. He didn't belong to "Clan
MacSmitty." His dad's name was probably something like Smitty
MacBubba. This means Bob's grandfather's name was Bubba.
Of course I'm using silly examples, primarily so I don't have to attempt
to spell Gaelic this early in the morning. ;-)
But my main point is that for purposes of choosing an SCA name, what
clan your persona belongs to, if he or she belongs to a clan at all,
would not determine the surname.
Matthew A. C. Newsome
Highland Dress Historian
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