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[Vannin Lior (Yn Lioar Manninagh) Vol 1 No 1 pp3/10]
BY THE REV. E. B. SAVAGE, M.A.
The Surnames were much the same then as now, and some of the families can be traced for many years in the same farm ; but the spelling is most erratic, there are thirteen variations of Kaighin, and sixteen of Corjeage. There are a few instances of the dropping of Mac before a name as in McBooy, which can be clearly traced to the present Boyd, and in other cases the Mac exists now as an initial M, Mcylrea is now Mylrea, Mcylecreest Mylchreest. English names were most puzzling to the Manx sometimes, and had to go through much mutilation in consequence, for instance a gentleman named Montgomery married and settled in Michael in 1668; two years later it is McGummery, and before twenty years the Mac falls out and the family name is handed down to posterity as Gummery!
The age is seldom given till comparatively, recent times ; but notes, explicit enough when written, but somewhat vague now, are occasionally added, such as "John Christian the old smith," Wm Caine miller," and three years later "Wm Caine young milner' (1714), Bahee Quayle als. Cannel ye old wid. of Cammal." Nicknames too are often found, and some of them lived in the same family for generations, one family of Kaighen was known as "y phurt" for quite 150 years ; Kaighen (braveboy) ; Cannell (man) ; Quayle (evair) ; and such distinctive titles are very common.
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