Last name origins & meanings:
- Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cionaodha or
Mac Cionaoith ‘son of Cionaodh’, a personal name which
is probably composed of the elements cion ‘respect’,
‘affection’ + Aodh, a Gaelic personal name, originally the name
of the Celtic god of fire. The personal name thus probably means
‘beloved of Aodh’.
- Northern Irish: Anglicized form of
Gaelic Mac Coinnigh ‘son of Coinneach’, an Old Irish
personal name equivalent to Scottish Kenneth. Compare
Kenny. Also the Scottish name as in 1.
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