Thursday, February 14, 2008

One-name study Mauchline

"The Mauchline name can now be found all over the English-speaking world however, its origins are truly Scottish, most likely originally from the area around the present day village of Mauchline, in Ayrshire. Today Mauchline is famous Worldwide for the antique transfer printed wooden objects called Mauchline-ware.

There are two main family groups, one based in the West of Scotland and the other in the Borders. The name is primarily spelled ‘Mauchline’, however variants with just about every conceivable spelling exists including: Mauchlan, Mauchlin, Mauchlen, Mauchlain, Mauchlyn, Maughlin and Maughlyn. In most families the spelling changes between generations due to illiteracy and probably some heavy accents. Today most of the variants have survived in distinctive groupings."


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