Scotch Irish Influence on Native Names

We all know that the Scotch-Irish immigrated to the colonies, and then the States, in droves, spurred by warfare and famine.  Many times these most hearty of pioneers settled on the frontiers as they did in Pennsylvania, then the Shenandoah Valley, as well as in colonial South Carolina.  Settling on the frontiers means bumping up against the Native population.  And as always, when you have two very different cultures abreast of each other, you have conflicts and you have intermarriage. 

The Carlisle School records are good for seeing a broad brushstroke of Native people in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  In the case of Scottish names, those that start with Mc, of which there is no question about their genesis, we see the range of the influence of the Scottish people in the US.  It’s more extensive than I thought.  The Oklahoma names aren’t surprising of course, because the Oklahoma tribes are all uprooted tribes, those that used to live someplace East of the Mississippi.  But some of the other tribes are rather surprising.  Once they arrive in the States, it appears that the Scottish people never stopped traveling!

Last First Tribe State
McAdams Jimmie Shoshone Wyoming
McAdams Lonnie Shoshone Wyoming
McAffee Hettie Choctaw Oklahoma
McArthur Robert Chippewa Minnesota
McArthur Rose Umpqua Oregon
McBride Emma Sioux South Dakota
McCann Frank J Chippewa Wisconsin
McCann Michael Chippewa Wisconsin
McCarthy Alice Chippewa Minnesota
McCarthy Edgar Osage Oklahoma
McCarthy Herman Osage Oklahoma
McCarty Solomon Osage Oklahoma
McCauley Eugene Chippewa Minnesota
McCauley Theodore Omaha Nebraska
McClanahan Leonard Cherokee Oklahoma
McClean Robert Sioux South Dakota
McClellan Julia Ottawa Michigan
McClellan Moses Pawnee Michigan
McCloskey James Sioux South Dakota
McClure Frank Blackfeet Montana
McCoonse Joseph Chippewa Oklahoma
McCoovey Isaac Klamath California
McCoovey Isaac Klamath California
McCurtain Ewart P Choctaw Oklahoma
McDaniels George Miller Cherokee Oklahoma
McDonald Augustus Ponca Oklahoma
McDonald Daniel Delaware Oklahoma
McDonald Edna Delaware Oklahoma
McDonald Flora Spokane Washington
McDonald Flora Spokane Washington
McDonald John Mohawk New York
McDonald Louis Ponca Oklahoma
McDonald Louis Ponca Oklahoma
McDonald Mary A Mohawk New York
McDonald Phoebe A Spokane Washington
McDonald Phoebe A Spokane Washington
McDongan Daniel Osage Oklahoma
McDougall Alex Chippewa Minnesota
McDougall Duncan Chippewa Minnesota
McDougall Lillie Chippewa Minnesota
McDougall Susie Chippewa Minnesota
McDowell Donald Lumi Washington
McDowell John Limi Washington
McFarland David Nez Perce Idaho
McFarland Nora Nez Perce Idaho
McGannus John Washoe Wisconsin
McGilbray Solomon Creek Oklahoma
McGilles Frank Chippewa North Dakota
McGregor James Mohawk New York
McIntish Daisy Chippewa Minnesota
McIntosh Alice Chippewa Minnesota
McIntosh Dondal Apache Arizona
McIntosh Elizabeth Ottawa Oklahoma
McIntosh John Creek Oklahoma
McIntosh Millie Creek Oklahoma
McIntosh Nancy  Creek Oklahoma
McIntosh Robert Chippewa Minnesota
McIntosh Tookah Creek Oklahoma
McKay Alfonso Sioux North Dakota
McKay Henry Sioux North Dakota
McKay Lena Creek California
McKay Margaret Sioux North Dakota
McKee Charles Shoshone Nevada
McKellop Almarine Klamath Oklahoma
McKellop Almarine Klamath Oklahoma
McKenzie Valintine Sioux South Dakota
McKenzie Zonie Sioux South Dakota
McKieg Frank Chippewa Minnesota
McKinley James Osage Oklahoma
McKinley John Yuma Arizona
McKinley Owen Yuma Arizona
McLane Emeline Creek Oklahoma
McLaughlin Blanche Osage Oklahoma
McLean Florence Sioux South Dakota
McLean Gladys M Seneca New York
McLoud Marie Alaskan Alaska
McMann Francis Chippewa Minnesota
McNac Alexander Creek Oklahoma
McNac Elizabeth Peoria Oklahoma
McPherson George Menominee Wisconsin
McPherson Herbert Menominee Wisconsin

About Roberta Estes

Scientist, author, genetic genealogist. Documenting Native Heritage through contemporaneous records and DNA.
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2 Responses to Scotch Irish Influence on Native Names

  1. John R. Mohn says:

    Makes me wonder about the true story of Native Americans. Crushed and destroyed by incoming Europeans, or died more by European diseases than by warfare? Blended in with Europeans and adopted their ways more than history books tell us? Left their old cultures behind and gave better lives to their children and grandchildren because they adapted?

  2. Shannon says:

    My Grandfather was named James Bruce McCloskey and, past a certain point, his line is lost. In the Carlisle School records I found a ‘Sarah Jackson’ who married an ‘Adolfus Jerome Clark’ which is the name of both my grandfather and also his father. I was looking for McCloskey. James and John McCloskey in particular. Thank you so much I found this by accident. My father was adopted but kept his name and always thought he was Irish bit his father, whom he saw maybe 6 months of his entire life, said he was Native American. My sister is getting the genetics test as the trail of the family tree runs up on the same wall over and over. Thank you again I am book-marking this.

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