We joke of course, but if there's the slightest hint of Scottish blood in the family, many think that their own special tartan is sitting there waiting for them to discover, regardless of how many generations have passed and how many new surnames have been introduced to the family. No luck? We obviously want to help you but a good bit of preparatory work from your end will greatly increase the chance of us being able to identify your 'tartan roots.
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Now our surname database isn't infallible and we're continually updating and upgrading it, but if your name isn't there, then you're going to have to tackle the problem in a slightly different way. Surname spellings One of the reasons for a nil return is often that the spelling of your surname has changed over the years and whilst we do try and accommodate such variations, we can't possibly know them all.
A point of surprising conflict with enquirers looking for their tartan that we've often come across when looking at the 'Macs' is their refusal to accept that McDonald is exactly the same name as MacDonald and when we've gently insisted, some have even gone off in a huff!
Mc is just an abbreviation for Mac and is not a different surname; neither does it indicate that you're Irish. And do try alternative spellings for other names that are causing a problem.
Look back If you can't unearth a connection in the surname search then the next step - if you're sure there's Scottish blood in the family - is to look as far back as you can at your family history and make a list of the surnames on the male and female side. One of those may prove to have a clan - and therefore a tartan - connection.
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Still no luck? If that produces nothing, then we move on to the next step and that is to find another kind of link that might produce a tartan for you. It's important to remember that just because you have Scottish blood doesn't automatically mean that you have a tartan: tartan and clans were a Highland phenomenon and there are probably a few million Scots living in Scotland today who have no clan tartan. District Tartans There are no laws governing what tartan you can wear but most people like to feel they have some historical or 'genetic' link with what they choose. If that type of link can't be found, then having a geographical connection is the next best option.
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Having delved into your family history you'll no doubt have details of some of the areas in Scotland in which your forebears lived - if you know the name of the city or area, then try typing that into the 'Tartan Name' search box. If that doesn't come up with anything, then type 'District' into the Keywords Search box and read through the listings. Other connections? No luck with the District tartan idea? One last throw of the dice is to look at any other tartan connections that any of your forebears might have had. However, in the FDA chose to uphold the ban.
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