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Group AU Origins

Posted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 9:26 pm
by morrisondna
Group AU consists of one Morrison who has traced his line to Sligo, Ireland, in the late 1700's and one other matching Morrison whose pedigree is not yet available. These two Morrisons match a Magruder family, so the line seems to be of Scottish origin. Further near matches with other surnames may be found by uploading results to Ysearch. These additional matches may give more clues to the original location of this family.

Re: Group AU Origins

Posted: Thu Feb 06, 2014 4:17 am
by Scot1949
George Black (Surnames of Scotland) lists "MacGruder" as a variant of "MacGruar" and derives that from "MacGruaire", "son of the brewer". He found the name and its variants in southern Perthshire. This would tend to reinforce the possible Scottish origin.

Re: Group AU Origins

Posted: Fri Feb 07, 2014 2:07 am
by morrisondna
It's a good possibility, but we'll need some more near matches for confirmation. There's a lot of kinship between Scotland and Ireland, so it's possible there's a distant connection or a more recent one.