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Name Origins: Macuth

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Julie Helen Otto
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MACUTH (m): In 1993 Mary Ann Long Skinner demonstrated (The American Genealogist [TAG] 68 [1993]: 31-32) that the immigrant Macuth Pratt (ca. 1595-1672) of Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire, and Weymouth, Mass., was NOT named Matthew, but instead bore the name of an obscure medieval saint venerated in England’s West Country and elsewhere. The name is cognate with that of St. Machute or St. Malo, the “Apostle of Brittany,” seen in an early Latin form Maclovius (Notes and Queries, 6th ser., V [24 June 1882]: 493). See also Frederick J. Nicholson, “The English Origin of Macuth (or Matthew) Pratt of Weymouth, Massachusetts,” TAG 65 (1990): 33-43, 89-96.

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