Genealogy: Don’t Let Your Surname Fool You


When Vikings invaded Ireland, many followed the same pattern as they had in France; they married local girls, adopted the culture and mellowed out. You can recognize a Viking name when you see fitz, which means “son of.” However, as is also common in history, people took the naming style of their new surroundings. Many a Viking who assimilated into Ireland added the prefix Mac, thereby making them appear Irish, just as people Anglicized their surnames in Colonial America after England took New Amsterdam from the Dutch.

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