Wednesday, February 1, 2012

What does the O' stand for in the irish names?

Of|||'of' as in Patrick of the Donnelly family/clan (Patrick O' Donnelly)|||Of, as in say Jacob O'Brian would be Jacob of the clan Brian.|||It is the modern form of the older Gaelic word "Ua" meaning "grandson (of)," just as "Mac" means "son (of)"|||Of the clan of...or grandson of.|||Irish Gaelic "Ua" and Scottish gaelic "Ogha" mean "grandchild" and are used in ireland to mean "of the clan of.....".

Similarly in Scotland "Mac" = son of, and "Nic" = daughter of, indicate family affiliation.|||O'Donnell


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