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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Northern English (Lancashire and Yorkshire) : pet form (with the Middle English diminutive suffix -kin) of May 2.
  • Northern English : nickname for an effeminate man, from Middle English maid(en) ‘girl’, ‘young woman’ (see Maiden) + the diminutive suffix -kin. It is possible, but unlikely, that it may also have been of more literal application as an occupational name for a female servant.
  • Dutch : from a pet form of the Germanic name Macco (see Mack 2 and 3).

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