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Re: The Sept MacOmish/McComish
Posted by: Robert Thomas (ID *****7940) Date: April 26, 2005 at 22:57:53
In Reply to: Re: The Sept MacOmish/McComish by Lee McComish of 62

Hello Lee,

I have heard that Clan Gunn connection to the MacComish surname before. However, it is clear that the McComb, McCombie, McComas, McComie are all forms of "Son of Thomas" (Son of Tom or Tommy). Phonetically the Scots Gaelic speakers would have pronounced McComie as "MacHomie." The "Homie" part would have sounded to us like how our modern day intercity kids refer to their friend as "my homie." Thus, when an english speaking person wrote down what he thought he heard an illiterate Scots Gaelic speaker saying he would have likely written down something like MacOmie. In the case of our modern spelling of MacComish or MacOmish the original Scots Gaelic speaker was likely saying McComas or some other form of MacThomas.

I see how the Gunn "Son of James" or MacHamish could have become corrupted to be spelled MacCamish, but I don't buy the jump to McOmie or McComish or McComas which all clearly are rooted in the MacThomas surname family. However, that is not to say that when Clan MacThomas was broken in the late 1600s that some MacThomas clansmen did not move into Gunn territory and swear loyalty to their new landlords etc. If that happened only members of that specific family would be considered as a sept of Clan Gunn, but it would be wrong to project that claim to all McOmie, McComish, or McComas descendants. Only solid genealogy research and family history can sort that out.


Robert Thomas

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