Additional Family Names

The demise of the Manx Note Book after only 12 numbers meant that Moore did not complete his intended coverage of Manx Surnames. The Surnames and Placenames of the Isle of Man appeared in 1890, of which the Surname section (128 pages out of 368) is drawn, with a few changes, from the chapters as presented in the Manx Note Book. It was published, though without Nicholson's attractive chapter headings, by Elliot Stock. In 1906, some 3 years before Moore's premature death, a second edition Manx Names or the Surnames etc..'appeared, as stated on the title page a 'cheap edition, revised' with a second preface stating it was brought out due to the non-availability of the earlier edition.

Moore also took the opportunity to revise some of his derivations

The section following is taken from the end of chapter 2 of this work and covers most of the names omitted from the pages of the Manx Note Book.



CRYE is possibly from MacCraith, 'Weaver's Son.' In Ireland and Scotland this name is now found in the form MACRAE

MAC CRAY [1511], CRY [1611], CRYE [1623].


The following names are now no longer found in the Isle of Man:

KERD and MAC KERD [1511], from ceard, 'an artificer.'

NIDFRAGH, probably from Afac-y,,i-'idderagh, 'Son of the Weaver.'


MAC TEREBOY [1511] seems to be a combination of Teare (see P. 48) and buidlie, 'yellow.y

MAC PHERSON, 'Parson's Son.'

MAC PERSON [1430], MCPHERSON [1511].

MAC-Y-CHLERY, 'Son of the Clerk.'

Compare (I.) UA CLEIRIGH, which becomes O'CLERY.


From DESCRIPTIVE NICKNAMES we have KINVIG and KINRED. These names seem to have been originally nick-names, which became surnames at a comparatively recent date. The prefix kin is the genitive of kione, 'head,' and this fact precludes their being simply appellations from a personal peculiarity, as kione-beg, 'little head,' and so we must suppose that Christian names were appended to the original forms, as JUAN-Y-KIN-VIG, 'John of Little Head,' STEEN-Y-KIN-RAAD, 'Stephen of Road End,' where these titles refer to Juan's and Steen's abodes, and that their sons would be MAC KINVIG and MAC KINRAAD, the mac being soon omitted.

KINVIG [1641], KINRED [1611], KINRADE [1622], KINDRED [1644].

From DESIGNATION OF BIRTHPLACE there are three names, of which the last is obsolete:

CRETNEY [1611], a contraction of Mac Bretnagh, or Mac Bretinee, Welshman's Son.'

GALE [1603], probably from gall, a foreigner,' a name given by the natives to strangers who settled in the island (see P. 59).

MAC FINLOE and FYNLO [1511], ' Dane's Son' and 'Dane,' but this derivation is very doubtful.

The following are of UNCERTAIN ORIGIN:

CLAGUE and CLEG. The name MAC LEOG in the ogam character, which is probably connected with the Irish MAC LIACE or MAC LIAG, was discovered by Professor Rhys on a stone at the Friary, Arbory. MAC LIAG would easily become CLEG and CLAGUE,.

'MAc LIAG, Chief Poet of Erinn,' A.D. 1014.'

(See also CLEG, P. 57.)

CLEG [1405], MACCLEWAGE, MACCLUAG [1511], CLEVAGE [1521], CLOAGGE,, CLOAGE [1601], CLAIGE [1622], CLOGUE, [1625], CLEAGE [-1644], CLAUGE [1652], CLAGUE [1655], CLOAUGE [1660], CLUAGE [16731, CLOIAGE [1674], CLUAG [1676], CLAIG [1696], CLAIGUE [1702], CLOAG [1719], CLAGE [1775], CLEGG [1790].

CREETCH [1698], found also in the forms CRECH [1621] and CREECH [1641].

The following obsolete names, all probably of Celtic origin, are very obscure. Probably some of them are incorrectly transcribed:

ALOE [1511], ALLOWE [1540]. (See CALLOW.)

MAC DOWYTT, MAC ESSAS (possibly from Esaias) [1408], MACKNALYTT [1417], MAC CROWTON, MAC HAWE [1422], MAC EFFE MAc Kimi3E, MAC QUANTIE [1430], MACCAURE, MAC CURE, CUNDRE (which survived till quite recently), and MAC CUNDRE, GILHAST and MAC GILHAST, MAC CLENERENT, MAC CRAUER MAC KYM, MAc LYNEAN, MAc LOLAN (possibly for MACLELLAND), MAC QUARTAG, QUATE and QUOTT [1511], MAC VRIMYN [1532] (? 'Freeman's Son').

Chron. Scot., p. 257.

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