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    Arrow The Largest Scottish Clans, Septs/Dependants, & Families: From A-Z

    This post begins a thread/list of the larger Scottish (including Scots with more modern Irish heritage, a.k.a., the so-called, “Scotch-Irish" ) clans, septs/dependants, & familes. The sources are: C.A.= Charles MacLean, The Clan Almanac, (Orpington, England: Eric Dobby Publishing, 1990); & D.S.= Patrick Hanks & Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames, (New York: Oxford University Press, 1988). As a general rule (but not strictly) and to my knowledge, all or most of the surnames without {comments} are of non-Brithonic and/or non-Gaelic origin/etymology {being in most instances of Anglo-Saxon, Old Norman French, Old Norse, Latin, Hebrew or Greek root}; nevertheless, families bearing said surnames all have deep roots within the Scottish ethnicity. This thread (and all posts within it) will be an ongoing project, and further additions will surely be forthcoming. That said, surnames more commonly/typically associated with non-Scottish ethnicities (i.e., the English, the Irish, the Welsh, et al.) will probably remain unlisted, especially common occupational surnames.

    Anyone with any additions, corrections, comments, questions, etc. please reply in this thread: http://forums.skadi.net/showthread.p...813#post203813 . Thank you & Suas Alba!
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    Arrow A

    Below is a list of the larger Scottish (including Scots with more modern Irish heritage, a.k.a., the so-called, “Scotch-Irish" ) clans, septs/dependants, & families beginning with the letter A. For the preface, source material, & background cf. here: http://forums.skadi.net/showpost.php...05&postcount=1 .
    • Anderson {Gaelic Aindrea-, Aindrias-, & Aindriú-}: clan & sept/dependant
    • Abbot(t)/Abbie/Abbet: sept/dependant
    • Abbotson: sept/dependant
    • Abercrombie {Brithonic Aber- + -crom- + -ach}: family
    • Abernethy/Abernethie/Abernathy {Brithonic Aber- + Gaelic -neithich...alleged Pictish family}: sept/dependant
    • Acheson: family
    • Ad(d)am(s): sept/dependant
    • Adamson: sept/dependant
    • Adie: sept/dependant
    • Agnew: family
    • Ai(t)chison: family
    • Ainslie/Ainsley/Ainslee: family
    • Airlie: sept/dependant
    • Aitken: family
    • Aldous/Aldus/Al(l)dis(s)/Audis/Oldis {Gaelic alld + fhuathais}: family
    • Alexander/Alastar {Gaelic Alasdair}: sept/dependant
    • Al(l)an/Allen/Alleyne/Allin(e) {Gaelic Ailín…the name is “from a Celtic personal name of great antiquity and obscurity”— D.S., p.10}: sept/dependant
    • Allanson: sept/dependant
    • Allardyce/Allardice/Allardes/Alderice(Scotch-Irish)/Ardes: sept/dependant
    • Al(l)oway/Al(l)(a)way {Gaelic allmhagh}: family
    • Alison/Allison: family
    • Alpin(e) {“apparently from the ancient Celtic personal name Alpin, of unknown etymology, which was borne by Pictish kings.”— D.S., p.11}: sept/dependant
    • Andrew(s) {Gaelic Aindrín...also see Anderson}: sept/dependant
    • Angus {Gaelic Aonghus...from the Gaelic personal name...”It was borne by a famous but shadowy 8th-century Pictish king, said to be the son of Daghda, the chief god of the Irish, and Boann, who gave her name to the river Boyne. This king gave his name to the county called Angus, and many Scots have received it as a given name in his honor.”— D.S., p.14}: sept/dependant
    • Anstruther {probably of Old Norse origin but also possibly from the Gaelic an + srutharD.S., p.15}: family
    • Applegarth/Applegath/Applegate: family
    • Arbuckle/Arnbuckle {Gaelic àrd an buachaille}: family
    • Arbuthnot(t) {Brithonic Aber- + Gaelic Buadhnat}: family
    • Archibald/Archibould/Archbo(u)ld/Archbald/Archbell/Archbutt {“an Anglicized form of Gillespie, for reasons that are unclear”— D.S., p.17…also N. Scotch-Irish}: family
    • Argyle {Gaelic oirthir + Ghaidheal}: family
    • Armo(u)r: family
    • Armstrong: clan
    • Arnot(t) {Gaelic ornacht}: family
    • Arthur {Gaelic Artair..."from the Celtic personal name Arthur, which is of obscure and disputed etymology; it may possibly be derived from some early cognate of Gaelic art, Welsh arth 'bear'”— D.S., p.19}: sept/dependant
    • Athol {“habitation name from the district of Athol in Glen Garry, seat of the Dukes of Atholl, recorded in the 8th-century as Athfhoithle. Watson interprets this as meaning ‘new Ireland’, from Gaelic ath new + the personal name Fhotla or Fodla, of uncertain origin, borne by one of the seven sons of the legendary king Cruithne and eponymous for Ireland.”— D.S., p.22}: family
    • Auchinleck/Affleck {Gaelic achadh na leac}: family
    • Austin {Gaelic Austain}: sept/dependant
    • Ayer(s)/Ayr(e)(s)/Air/Ayris {of Old Norse origin}: family
    • Aylmer/Ailmer/Aylmore: family
    • Ayson: sept/dependant
    Anyone with any additions, corrections, comments, questions, etc. please reply in this thread: http://forums.skadi.net/showthread.p...813#post203813 . Thank you & Suas Alba!
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    Exclamation Re: B-z

    Clans, septs/dependants, & familes beginning with the letters B-Z shall be forthcoming. This thread (and all posts within it) will be an ongoing project, and further additions will surely be forthcoming. That said, surnames/families more commonly/typically associated with non-Scottish ethnicities (English, Irish, Welsh, et al.) may probably be left unlisted.

    Anyone with any additions, corrections, comments, questions, etc. please reply in this thread: http://forums.skadi.net/showthread.p...813#post203813 . Thank you & Suas Alba!

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