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Old 04-04-2016, 09:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Rick Kitchen View Post
Aren't there people born in Celtic countries with the given name of Craig? Didn't that start as a surname?
It's a common first name in Scotland; rarer in Ireland. And, yes, it's of Gaelic derivation. But I don't think the forename is derived from the surname; they both derive from [i]creag[i], a rock. Most likely this started out as a nickname, used for people who were rocklike in some respect or other (maybe they were sturdy and dependable; maybe they just had rocks in the head); then it became a regular given name and, from that, a family name.