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Old 23rd October 2004, 09:59
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MACCRACKEN, MACCRACHEN, MACCRAKEN. An old Galloway surname. Various explanaitions have been given of the origin of this name, the most likely of which is that it is "nothing but a variant oeing to the action of two well-known dialectal processes of the name MACNAUGHTON," q.v. Settlements from Argyll into Galloway were made about the middle of the eighth century and later, and Watson has pointed out that with regard to dedications in Galloway that there was a close connection between this region and Kintyre. Bláán, Donnán, Faolán, Mochoe, Brigid, Columkille, are common in both districts and he adds "this is likely to be more than a coincidence" (I, p. 171, 179). Michael Makcraken was a follower of the earl of Cassilis respited for murder, 1526 (RSS., I, 3386). Gilbert M'Crekane was burgess of Wigtown, and Michael M'Crekane notary public there, 1536, and burgess, 1546 (Laing, 408; RMS., IV, 80). John M'Crekane was vicar of Sorbie, 1536, notary public in Wigtown, 1539 (RMS., III, 1970), and commissary of Farnes and Rennys, 1542-45 (ibid., 3163). John Makcrakane in Wigtoun had respite for art and part of the breking of Adam Ahannay, 1540 (RSS., II, 3299). Neil Dow McCraikane in Achonacone was town officer of Wigtown, 1628 (RPC., II, p. 283). Dr. Henry Noble McCracken is president of Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, New York State. McCraccan, McKraken, and McKeracken 1684 (Parish), Makcarkan 1500, McCrekan 1564, McKrachin 1607; M'Craken, M'Crokane, M'Krekane. Macfarlane (Am Briathrachan beag) Explains the name as from G. MacFhraingein, 'son of Franklin.'

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Old 23rd October 2004, 20:25
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Smile regarding mccrackens

When I was reading script on redheads and height, it struck home. Grandma, Mary Mills McCracken, was only 4 ft 9 1/2 in but had my father at 15 pounds in 1907. My brother, Mike, is 6 ft 8 1/2 in, my sister 6 ft even. Nephew are 6 ft 6 in and 6 ft 4 in. Four of my children are 6 ft and over, 2 gals and 2 guys. Only one is under 6 feet. Scots are very sturdy. Average age for passing on in our family is 90. Except for me they have stout bones and are extremely strong. I also am half German. My great-great grandfather was an Episcopalian minister and I am told that the McCrackens got mad at the Scottish government and dropped the "a" in MacCracken when coming to America, but they definitely were in Scotland. I too would love to visit. My father, John Mills McCracken, had black hair and red mustache and beard, definitely Scottish. I have two redheaded granddaughters. I had the auburn hair until it started turning and small at only 5 ft 9 in tall (am now 67). I am going to check geneology, as we have that option at my church. Thanks for the input. I do know they were in Scotland prior to 1907 when my father was born. Thanks for listening.
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Old 23rd October 2004, 20:46
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I have just noticed your post on McCracken ie the quote on the origins of McCracken, he he snap!!

Yours Aye,

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Old 7th September 2014, 14:50
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I share surnames. I heard that my direct ancestors were kicked out of Ireland, and then kicked out of Scotland! For what? I do not know. But I tell my mother that same thing about how guns are too easy and cowardly, and how I wish it were back to the ways it was before. I actually take fencing which isn't exactly what I'd like, but it gets me blood rushin'!

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from America.

(I don't know how late this is, because for me it says last post date was a month in the future)
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Old 7th September 2014, 18:11
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The post before yours is from 2004.... Waaaaay in the past
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Old 7th September 2014, 23:23
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This name derives from an old Galloway (Scotland) surname MacNaughton, later MacNeachtain, which owing to dialectal processes in Ulster became MacReachtain (the interchange of the initial 'n' and 'r' is characteristic of Ulster).

The name now exists as M(a)cCrackan, MacCracken, MacCrachen and MacCraken - all due to further dialectal transposition.
'Mc' is a foreshortening of the Gaelic 'Mac' meaning a son and the personal name Naughton (Naughten was a God of water and of the sea in Gaelic mythology). The MacNaughtons migrated from Scotland to Antrim in the 14th century.

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Old 8th September 2014, 13:54
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And let us not forget that notorious womaniser - Phil McCracken.
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