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Surname Spelling Variants in Wigtownshire

Below is a collection of surname spelling variants, gleaned initially from the 1684 Parish Lists Name Index, with subsequent additions from other sources.

Please note, spelling and pronunciation varies over centuries. We make no assumption that we are listing the 'correct' spelling. Present day authorities feel that some of the name associations which are implied here are not really valid, but we have not felt it practical to make such distinctions in this listing. This list was created to give Wigtownshire researchers, particularly those unfamiliar with Scots pronunciation, clues to other surname spelling possibilities. Occasionally, where necessary, we cross referenced. For example, AUSBURN is cross referenced with 'see OSBURNE'. Going to the OSBURNE entry will lead to more spelling variants.

Mc, Mac, and M' are all equivalent and have been used interchangeably in the past. Before the 1840s family names which today always have a Mc or Mac would frequently have no prefix. For example Clurg, McClurg, MacClurg and M'Clurg would all be quite likely found in one family.

If you have a spelling variant to offer, please contact Crawford.


A - B,      C - E,      F - J,      K - M,      McA - McG     McH - McW,      N - SW     T - W


NIVEN Nein
NEILSON Neillsone Nillson Nillsoune Nilson Nilsone
O
OSBURNE Ausburn Orsburne
P
PARKER Perker
PATERSON Patirsoune
PEIRIE Pirrie
PRINGLE Pringall
Q
QUI Quie
QUHURTER McWhirter*
R
REID Red Reed Rid
ROBERTSON Robieson Robison Robisoune Robsone
RODDIE Rhodi Rhodie Roddick Rodie Roddne
ROGER Rodger
ROSS
ROWAN Rouan Rowon
ROXBURGH Roxbruh
RUSSELL Rissall
S
SHANK Shanke
SHEARER Sherar Sherer
SHELLAN Shelland Shillin Shilling Shyland
SHENAN Shannan Shenane Shennan
SIMPSON Simson Sympson Symson
SINCLAIR Sinkler
SKELLY Skcilie
SKIMMING Scrimmin
SLOAN Sloen Slowan Slowand Slowane Sluen
SMITH Smithe
SOMERVEL Somervell
STEVEN Steiven
STEWART Steurart Stwart