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Ton Spies
10-18-2008, 06:27 AM
Hi all,

I remember that somewhere in Alpha Four there was a summing up of Scottish names. e.g. McClallan, McGregor, McGuire and at lot more.
Usefull for exeptions in capitalizing lastnames.

Does one know that list?

Ton

Ton Spies
10-18-2008, 06:32 AM
Hi all,

I remember that somewhere in Alpha Four there was a summing up of Scottish names. e.g. McClallan, McGregor, McGuire and at lot more.
Usefull for exeptions in capitalizing lastnames.

Is there someone in the UK who can help me with such a list?

Ton

John Oesterle
10-18-2008, 07:17 AM
Ton -

You mught checkout Cal Locklin's "Improved Capitalization Checker" on Peter Wayne's LearnAlpha site.

- John O

John Oesterle
10-18-2008, 04:55 PM
I checked the learnalpha.com link and it is no longer functional for the caps checker -- the alphaforum.com site appears to have been hijacked. I believe Cal used an canwrite event function in conjunction with a database of known names and words to automatically correct commonly mis-capitalized words. I still have the original files or perhaps you can contact Cal if this sounds like what you were looking for.

- John O

cwenger
10-18-2008, 09:25 PM
Ton, I found this in Dr. Peter Wayne's book "Xbasic For Everyone". I think it's what you are looking for:

'Date Created: 02-Oct-2005 07:58:21 PM
'Last Updated: 18-Sep-2008 04:08:25 PM
'Created By : Peter Wayne
'Updated By : Cliff
' proper_caps script
option strict
dim shared a_field_value as A
dim name as c ' temporary local variable

name=a_field_value
select
case substr(name,2,1)="'" .or. left(name,2)="mc"
name=upper(left(name,1))+substr(name,2,1) + \
upper(substr(name,3,1))+substr(name,4,len(name)-3)
case left(name,4)="macd" .or. left(name,4)="macn"
name="Mac"+upper(substr(name,4,1))+substr(name,5,len(name)-4)
case else
name = f_upper(a_field_value)
end select
a_field_value=name
end

Cliff

Keith Hubert
10-19-2008, 11:42 AM
Hi Ton,

I'm away from my machine at the moment. I'll email the app later today when I get back.

Ton Spies
10-19-2008, 01:42 PM
Hi Keith,

For the function I wrote I want to check real Scottish names.
I know I've seen them long time (few years) ago.
If you have a list of names I would be very happy.

Regards

Ton

Ton Spies
10-19-2008, 04:16 PM
John and Cliff

Thank you for your help, but the script or code is not the issue.

Long time ago I've seen a list of all Scottish names starting with Mc and Mac.
For testing purposes I (only) need these names.

Thanks anyway

Ton

Keith Hubert
10-19-2008, 05:45 PM
Hi Ton,

If it is just a list of Scottish Names you want then I'm afraid I cant help you.

If it is a script you want to make sure names are capitalised correctly ie MacTavish, please let me know.

cwenger
10-19-2008, 10:14 PM
Ton,

My apologies. Sometimes I read faster than I comprehend. Try this website:
http://www.electricscotland.com/webclans/alphabetical.htm.

You should be able to extract what you need from there.

Cliff

MikeC
10-19-2008, 10:53 PM
Ton, Cliff,
I saw the website on the mentioned link as well but the names there do not show any capitalization beyond the first letter....but from a few other links on that site I think I found what may do for a basic list....scroll down just a tad to see the list. 1432 names it shows when counted. But only 40 are Mc or Mac . There are also two "Mak" and one M' that are other derivatives of these (actually think the Mak version is the origin).

http://www.electricscotland.com/webclans/ancient_scottish_families.htm

John Oesterle
10-20-2008, 08:00 AM
... not sure these are easily extractable, but caps appear correct!

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~renfrewshire/surname_-_mac_mc.htm

- John O

Ton Spies
10-20-2008, 08:50 AM
Cliff, Mike, John

I visited all three internetpages.

Funny, even Scottish people not always capitalize their names (correctly).

With this information I can give it a try.

Thank you for your help.

Ton