McCarty v McCarthy March 17, 2013 6:04 PM

By : Karen

Hello Clan!  My maiden name is McCarty.  I was just wondering, I know McCarty and McCarthy are the same names, basically, but does anyone know why and when the differentation first started?  I know in the original name MacCarthaigh the 'h' was silent in its pronounciation...


Re: McCarty v McCarthy February 21, 2014 2:50 AM

By : Duane

I always thought it had to do with illiteracy. When someone said their name, but didn't know the correct spelling, whomever was documenting it wrote it how they thought it sounded. It's my understanding that this happened to a lot of people immigrating to the US.

Re: McCarty v McCarthy March 16, 2015 7:28 AM

By : Douglas

Karen, I second what Duane sumises, If you listen to an Irish person talk they do not pronounce the dipthong "th" it is pronounced as "t",

So 'dem t'ree trees was 'dare, Im tellin ya!"  (them three trees were there I tell you!)

My family line come from County Down and Holywood in NI, their story was when the ancestors converted to Protestant, the clan removed the "h", as they were "un Holy ! ! ! " or the "H" stood for holy and they are taking it out ..... 

Hope 'dis helps

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