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Many surnames are associated with the place/locality of where the family lived and in those cases the location is noted as the meaning.
Many surnames are associated with the occupation of the person given the name.

Surname Origin Meaning
Agan Gaelic              Gaelic Eigin, force, violence
Algar Gaelic              Gaelic Noble
Ammadon Gaelic              Gaelic Amadan, a numskull, a simpleton
Anstruther Gaelic              Gaelic Anstruth, an ancient order of historians or bards among the Celts
Argyle Gaelic              Gaelic Earra Ghaidheal, that is, the country of the western Gael
Ascall Gaelic              Gaelic a sheltered place, a bosom, a covert
Asgall Gaelic              Gaelic a sheltered place, a bosom, a covert
Auchmuty Gaelic              Gaelic Ach, an elevation, a mound, and mod, a court, an assembly, a meeting
Avery Gaelic              Gaelic Aimhrea contention or disagreement
Baisley Gaelic              Gaelic Baisealach, proud
Balcombe Gaelic              Gaelic Bal, a round body, any thing thrown up and combe, a valley
Balfour Gaelic              Gaelic Ball and Balla, signifies a casting up, raising, and denotes a wall, fortress, house, a village
Bancho Gaelic              Gaelic ban, white, and chu or cu, a dog
Banta Gaelic              Gaelic Beaunta, hills, mountains
Barrell Gaelic              Gaelic Barrail, excellent, surpassing
Beal Gaelic              Gaelic Beul, the mouth, and by metonymy, eloquent, musical
Beatty Gaelic              Gaelic Beathaich, to feed, nourish, to welcome, to support
Begg Gaelic              Gaelic Beag, little, young, small of stature
Billings Gaelic              Gaelic Beilean, loquacious; a prattling person
Borrail Gaelic              Gaelic swaggering, boastful, haughty, proud
Boyd Gaelic              Gaelic buidhe, yellow-haired
Brady Gaelic              Gaelic Breada, handsome
Braine Gaelic              Gaelic Brain, a chieftain
Bran Gaelic              Gaelic raven
Brennan Gaelic              Gaelic Ó Branáin descendant of Branán
Brian Gaelic              Gaelic Bri, dignity, honor, and an, diminutive of that to which it is annexed, belonging to it
Briant Gaelic              Gaelic Bri, exalted, and ant, a termination, implying the being or state of that to which it is annexed
Brick Gaelic              Gaelic Ó Bruic descendant of Broc
Bride Gaelic              Gaelic Brighid, a hostage, pledge, or security
Bridgman Gaelic              Gaelic a builder of bridges
Brion Gaelic              Gaelic Bri, dignity, honor, and an, diminutive of that to which it is annexed, belonging to it
Bryant Gaelic              Gaelic Bri, exalted, and ant, a termination, implying the being or state of that to which it is annexed
Bucklin Gaelic              Gaelic Buic, a roe-buck, deer, and linne, a pool or lake
Bullions Gaelic              Gaelic Beul, the mouth, and Liane, the river
Bun Gaelic              Gaelic Bunn, a hill
Burt Gaelic              Gaelic quizzing, joking
Cady Gaelic              Gaelic Ca-dia, the house of God
Calder Gaelic              Gaelic Calduor, and Welsh, the water that incloses or shuts in
Camus Gaelic              Gaelic A bay, a creek, a harbor
Can Gaelic              Gaelic Clear, white, fair, and hence, beloved, dear
Cann Gaelic              Gaelic Ceann and Kin
Caractacus Gaelic              Gaelic Caer, a castle or city; eacht, an exploit, and cios, a tribute, expressive of his abilities in conducting an offensive, as well as a defensive war
Card Gaelic              Gaelic Ceairde, Gaelic, a tradesman
Carnigan Gaelic              Gaelic Carneach signifies a Druid or priest
Cartland Gaelic              Gaelic caraid, a pair of streams
Cass Gaelic              Gaelic to thwart, oppose
Cassidy Gaelic              Gaelic casaideach, apt to complain or accuse
Cathcart Gaelic              Gaelic Caeth-Cart, from caeth, a strait, the river here running in a narrow channel
Catherwood Gaelic              Gaelic Cathar, soft, boggy ground; or the fortified place in a wood
Caw Gaelic              Gaelic Ca, a house, a place fortified, inclosed, surrounded
Cleary Gaelic              Gaelic Cleireach, a clerk, a clergyman, a writer
Clery Gaelic              Gaelic Cleireach, a clerk, a clergyman
Cochran Gaelic              Gaelic Coc, manifest, plain, and rinn, a cape or promontory
Cockran Gaelic              Gaelic Coc, manifest, plain, and rinn, a cape or promontory
Collins Gaelic              Gaelic Cuilein, darling, a term of endearment applied to young animals
Collyns Gaelic              Gaelic Collins Cuilein, darling, a term of endearment applied to young animals
Colquhoun Gaelic              Gaelic Colg, and chuoin, the genitive of Cu, a hound, a war-dog
Colwell Gaelic              Gaelic Col, hazel; and ville, a village, changed into well
Conley Gaelic              Gaelic Ó Conghaile descendant of Conghal, a name meaning hound valiant
Conn Gaelic              Gaelic Strength
Contin Gaelic              Gaelic Con-tuinn, signifying the meeting of the waters, alluding to the forking of the river Rasay
Cooey Gaelic              Gaelic Cu-maighe, the hero or swift warrior
Corbin Gaelic              Gaelic Cor-beann or Cor-beinn steep hill
Corkin Gaelic              Gaelic coire, a dell, a circular hollow, and ceann, the head
Corrie Gaelic              Gaelic Coire, a circular hollow surrounded with hills
Corry Gaelic              Gaelic Coire, a circular hollow surrounded with hills
Cory Gaelic              Gaelic caire, a circular hollow surrounded by hills
Cowan Gaelic              Gaelic Gobhainn, a smith
Cowen Gaelic              Gaelic Cowan, Gobhainn, a smith
Cowin Gaelic              Gaelic Cowan, Gobhainn, a smith
Crofts Gaelic              Gaelic plural of Croft
Cronan Gaelic              Gaelic mournful tune or murmuring sound
Culbert Gaelic              Gaelic From Culbheart, craft, cunning
Cupar Gaelic              Gaelic fortified hill
Cusick Gaelic              Gaelic long coat or cassock
Dalrymple Gaelic              Gaelic Dale-roi-milleadh, which signifies the valley of the slaughter of kings
Dalyell Gaelic              Gaelic Dal, a dale or valley, and cille, a church
Dalziel Gaelic              Gaelic Dal, a dale or valley, and cille, a church
Donnach Gaelic              Gaelic Duncan Diongnach, strong, fortified
Dorr Gaelic              Gaelic difficult, easily vexed
Douglass Gaelic              Gaelic Dhu, black, dark, and glass, green
Drake Gaelic              Gaelic drac, a route, a way, a footstep
Driscoll Gaelic              Gaelic dreas and coill, a thicket of briars, the place of wild roses
Drummond Gaelic              Gaelic Druim, the back, and monadh, mountain
Duff Gaelic              Gaelic black
Duffin Gaelic              Gaelic Little Duff
Dumfries Gaelic              Gaelic Dun, a castle, and frith, a deerforest
Dun Gaelic              Gaelic a hill or rising ground, a fort or castle
Dunbar Gaelic              Gaelic the castle, town, or fort on the height or summit
Dunlap Gaelic              Gaelic Dun, a castle, fort, or hill, and lub, a curvature, a bending of the shore
Dunlevy Gaelic              Gaelic Dun, a hill, ley, green, and vy, a river or stream
Dunlop Gaelic              Gaelic Dun, a castle, fort, or hill, and lub, a curvature, a bending of the shore
Dunn Gaelic              Gaelic a heap, hill, mount
Dur Gaelic              Gaelic dull, stubborn, obstinate, steady, earnest, persevering
Durgy Gaelic              Gaelic Duirche, Dorch, dark, cloudy, hence dark-complexioned
Durkey Gaelic              Gaelic Duirche, Dorch, dark, cloudy, hence dark-complexioned
Duthie Gaelic              Gaelic duthaich, country
Duthy Gaelic              Gaelic duthaich, country
Dwyre Gaelic              Gaelic Do-ire, a woody place, uncultivated
Dysart Gaelic              Gaelic Dia, God, and ard, high
Eiginn Gaelic              Gaelic Strong-handed
Erskine Gaelic              Gaelic upon the knife
Faal Gaelic              Gaelic A rocky place
Faden Gaelic              Gaelic Feadan, a fife, flute
Fagan Gaelic              Gaelic A beech-tree
Farquhar Gaelic              Gaelic From Fear, a man, and còir, just, honest, good
Farraday Gaelic              Gaelic From Farraideach, inquisitive, prying, curious
Fearan Gaelic              Gaelic An estate
Ferrol Gaelic              Gaelic Famous men
Finney Gaelic              Gaelic the genitive of Fionn, fair, sincere, true
Firol Gaelic              Gaelic Famous men
Flannagan Gaelic              Gaelic From flann, ruddy complexion
Forsythe Gaelic              Gaelic From Fear, a man, and Syth, upright, honest, stiff
Frame Gaelic              Gaelic Freumk or Freamk, a root, stem, stock, lineage
Friskin Gaelic              Gaelic From Fear, and skein, a sword
Gainnes Gaelic              Gaelic Gainne, a dart, an arrow, a shaft
Gairden Gaelic              Gaelic An inclosed or fortified place
Galbraith Gaelic              Gaelic Gall and Bhreatan
Galgachus Gaelic              Gaelic Gald the fighter of battles, Colgach, Gaelic, fierce, furious, and ach, battle, skirmish
Gall Gaelic              Gaelic A native of the Lowlands of Scotland
Gallagher Gaelic              Gaelic From Gallach, valiant, brave, and er put for fear, a man
Galligan Gaelic              Gaelic From Gealagan, white
Gaskell Gaelic              Gaelic Gaisgeil, valorous
Gilchrist Gaelic              Gaelic From gille, a servant, and Chriosed, Christ
Gillespie Gaelic              Gaelic Archibald
Gillies Gaelic              Gaelic Gill-Iosa, the servant of Jesus
Gillpatrick Gaelic              Gaelic From gille, a servant, and Patrick
Gilmour Gaelic              Gaelic Gillemore the henchman or follower of the chief
Glasgow Gaelic              Gaelic the city of Glasgow, Scotland
Glass Gaelic              Gaelic Gray, pale, wan
Gookin Gaelic              Gaelic Gugan, a bud, flower, a daisy
Gorten Gaelic              Gaelic Gairtean, a garden, a small piece of arable land enclosed
Gow Gaelic              Gaelic A smith
Gowan Gaelic              Gaelic A smith
Graeme Gaelic              Gaelic gruaim, surly, sullen, dark, having a fierce and stern look, courageous
Graham Gaelic              Gaelic gruaim, surly, sullen, dark, having a fierce and stern look, courageous
Gregor Gaelic              Gaelic Greigh a herd and fear a man
Grimes Gaelic              Gaelic gruaim, surly, sullen, dark, having a fierce and stern look, courageous
Hogan Gaelic              Gaelic Og, young
Kaynard Gaelic              Gaelic Kinnaird, a place in Perthshire, Scotland
Kean Gaelic              Gaelic Ceann, the head, the top, a chief, a commander
Kellogg Gaelic              Gaelic a cock, coileach
Kemyss Gaelic              Gaelic a person whose nose is turned upwards
Kennan Gaelic              Gaelic Ceanann or Ceanfhionn, white-headed, bald
Kennard Gaelic              Gaelic Kinnaird, a place in Perthshire, Scotland
Kerr Gaelic              Gaelic Kaer, a castle
Kiernan Gaelic              Gaelic a heap
Kilgour Gaelic              Gaelic ancient name of a parish in Fifeshire, Scotland
Killin Gaelic              Gaelic A place in Perthshire, Scotland
Kincadd Gaelic              Gaelic Ceanncath, the chief or commander of the battle
Kincade Gaelic              Gaelic From ceann, head, and cath or cad, battle
Kinnaird Gaelic              Gaelic Kinnaird, a place in Perthshire, Scotland
Kinnard Gaelic              Gaelic Kinnaird, a place in Perthshire, Scotland
Kinnear Gaelic              Gaelic Ceanneir, from Ceann, head, and eir, an abbreviation of fear, a man
Kinney Gaelic              Gaelic Cine, kindred, a clan, a tribe
Kinsley Gaelic              Gaelic Ceannsallach, authoritative, commanding, ruling
Kirnan Gaelic              Gaelic Carnan, a heap
Knox Gaelic              Gaelic Cnoc, a little hill
Lahey Gaelic              Gaelic Leighiche, a physician
Laird Gaelic              Gaelic Lord
Lane Gaelic              Gaelic Llane, a plain; barren, sandy, level lands
Lanphear Gaelic              Gaelic Lann-feur grass-land
Laoran Gaelic              Gaelic too fond of the fireside
Lawless Gaelic              Gaelic Lagh, law, order, and lios, a court, a hall, a fortress, a place where law is administered
Lennon Gaelic              Gaelic Leannon, a lover, a sweetheart
Lennox Gaelic              Gaelic Laland, an island in Denmark
Lizard Gaelic              Gaelic lios, a fort, an inclosure, or garden, and ard, high
Lobdale Gaelic              Gaelic Lub, bending, curving, and dail, a narrow vale or meadow
Logan Gaelic              Gaelic An inclosed plain or low-lying place
Maclay Gaelic              Gaelic son of Clay
Magoon Gaelic              Gaelic Magoon, son of the smith
Maguire Gaelic              Gaelic son of Guaire
Mar Gaelic              Gaelic Maor, an officer of justice
Marven Gaelic              Gaelic Morven, a ridge of very high hills
McAllister Gaelic              Gaelic son of Alister
McCardle Gaelic              Gaelic son of the high-rock
McCoun Gaelic              Gaelic Mac, son, and Ceann, head or chief
McCree Gaelic              Gaelic Mac, son, and Righ, king
McDhoil Gaelic              Gaelic son of Dowell or Dougall
McDonnough Gaelic              Gaelic son of Donnach
McDowell Gaelic              Gaelic son of Dowell or Dougall
McDuff Gaelic              Gaelic son of the captain
McFarland Gaelic              Gaelic son of Pharlan, or Partholan
McGinnis Gaelic              Gaelic son of Ginnis
McGowan Gaelic              Gaelic son of a smith
McIldouney Gaelic              Gaelic Mac, son, gille, a youth, and doinne, brownishness
McIlhenny Gaelic              Gaelic son of the old man
McIlroy Gaelic              Gaelic Mac, gille, and ruadh, red-haired
McKensie Gaelic              Gaelic son of the chief, head, or first
McMahon Gaelic              Gaelic son of a bear
McMurtair Gaelic              Gaelic son of a murderer
McNaughton Gaelic              Gaelic Mac, son, an, of, and achduinn, tools and instruments of all kinds
Mellis Gaelic              Gaelic milis, sweet
Moel Gaelic              Gaelic Maol, signifies bald
More Gaelic              Gaelic Mor, great, chief, tall, mighty, proud
Moreton Gaelic              Gaelic mor, large, high, and dun, ton, a hill
Moriarty Gaelic              Gaelic Mor, great, and artach, exalted
Morton Gaelic              Gaelic Mor, big, great, and dun, ton, a hill
Mulligan Gaelic              Gaelic Mullechean, the top or summit, a height
Nevin Gaelic              Gaelic Naomh, holy, sacred, consecrated
Newth Gaelic              Gaelic new, fresh, recent.
Ochiern Gaelic              Gaelic the heir apparent to a lordship
Oigthierna Gaelic              Gaelic heir apparent to a lordship,
Quigly Gaelic              Gaelic Cuigealach, of or belonging to a distaff or hand rock
Rian Gaelic              Gaelic manner, order, arrangement, sobriety, good disposition
Roe Gaelic              Gaelic Red-haired
Roy Gaelic              Gaelic red-haired
Runnion Gaelic              Gaelic A small hill
Runon Gaelic              Gaelic A small hill.
Seaver Gaelic              Gaelic Saibher, rich
Shanach Gaelic              Gaelic Sionnach, a fox
Shannon Gaelic              Gaelic a river of Ireland
Sherlock Gaelic              Gaelic Saor, pronounced as with 'h' after the 'S,' signifying clear, and loch, a lake
Skene Gaelic              Gaelic Sgian, and three dirk-points in pale for his arms
Stair Gaelic              Gaelic Stepping stones in a river
Stairn Gaelic              Gaelic Din, noise
Strachan Gaelic              Gaelic the parish of Strachan in Kincardineshire, Scotland, formerly Strathaen
Stukley Gaelic              Gaelic stuc, a little hill jutting out from a greater, a cliff, and ley, a place
Stukly Gaelic              Gaelic stuc, a little hill jutting out from a greater, a cliff, and ley, a place
Sult Gaelic              Gaelic Suilt or Sult, comeliness, beauty, fat
Sweyne Gaelic              Gaelic Sean
Taggart Gaelic              Gaelic Tagair to plead a cause, claim as a right, to reason, to debate
Taite Gaelic              Gaelic Pleasure, delight
Tate Gaelic              Gaelic Pleasure, delight
Tiernay Gaelic              Gaelic Tighearna, a lord, a judge, a landed proprietor
Traille Gaelic              Gaelic A servant, sloven, slave
Train Gaelic              Gaelic Treun, brave, valiant, bold
Trainer Gaelic              Gaelic Treunmhor, very brave
Traineur Gaelic              Gaelic straggler
Trenor Gaelic              Gaelic Treunmhor, very brave
Wallock Gaelic              Gaelic loch, a lake
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