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02-02-2021, 21:53   #1
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Irish Surname question

Can someone enlighten me why 2 brothers might have different surname prefixes - Irish poets Seosamh Mac Grianna and Seamus O Grianna
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02-02-2021, 22:09   #2
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Can someone enlighten me why 2 brothers might have different surname prefixes - Irish poets Seosamh Mac Grianna and Seamus O Grianna
http://www.irishlanguageforum.com/vi...hp?f=28&t=4015

Supposedly Seamus took some poetic licence and used Ó for a pen name. Not sure how accurate the source in that thread is, but the family name was definitely Mac.

Ó (from), and Mac (son of) while not interchangeable, both mean the same thing (male descendent of X), and some names are translated in more than one way, just not usually in the same family.

*runs from the gaeilgeoirí for fear info is not spot on ;-)
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Séamus felt that he was correct, but he was on his own in that.
His pen-name was 'Máire'.
His local name in Rann na Feirste was Jimí Fheidhlimí.
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