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Origins of the Mc Donald surname

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About the Mc Donalds

We have a total number of 551555 records for people with the last name Mc Donald.

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Where do most Mc Donalds live?

In 1921, most Mc Donalds lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Mc Donalds

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You have a rare surname! It's not in the top 1000 UK surnames!

We have 349,000 records for the Mc Donald surname. The oldest one dates back to 1714.

Who were Mc Donalds most likely to marry?

Mc Donalds



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What are the most common Mc Donald first names?

  • John
  • James
  • Mary
  • Margaret

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Common jobs for Mc Donalds

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Mc Donalds in 1921
Domestic Servant








General Servant


Common Male occupations for Mc Donalds in 1921




General Labourer


Farm Servant




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