Mac Name Meaning

Vietnamese: unexplained. Shortened form of any of the many Scottish and Irish surnames formed with Gaelic mac ‘son of’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Mack, May, Mach, Lac, Mae, Nace, Mao, Mai, Mace, Hau

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Mac Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Mac name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Mac. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Italy


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Mac Family Origin

Where is the Mac family from?

Mac Family Occupations

What did your Mac ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Beer Retailer, Clothes Dealer (Old) and Grocer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Mac. A less common occupation for the Mac family was Marine Store Dealer. The most common Mac occupation in the UK was Beer Retailer. 14% of Mac's were Beer Retailers.

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  • Beer Retailer

  • Clothes Dealer (Old)

  • Grocer

  • Marine Store Dealer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Mac ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Mac Historical Records

What Mac family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 311,000 census records available for the last name Mac. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mac census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 105,000 immigration records available for the last name Mac. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 70,000 military records available for the last name Mac. For the veterans among your Mac ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Mac Life Expectancy

What is the average Mac lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Mac life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1981, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Mac in 1960 was 65, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Mac ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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