Craig (given name)

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Language(s)Scottish Gaelic, Irish Gaelic, Welsh
Other names
Cognate(s)Craig (surname)

Craig is a Scottish, Irish & Welsh masculine given name, all variations derive from the same Celtic branch. The name has two origins. In some cases it can originate from a nickname, derived from the Scottish Gaelic word creag, meaning "rock," similar to Peter. In other cases, the given name originates from the Scottish surname Craig, which is also derived from the same Scottish Gaelic word.[1] Cognate forms of creag include the Irish creig, Manx creg, and Welsh craig. The English word "crag" also shares an origin with these Celtic words. [2] The given name Craig is popular in Scotland, and is used throughout the English speaking world,[1] though in North America it is often pronounced with a short vowel sound, as in "egg", while the British pronunciation sounds like the diphthong in "brain".[citation needed]

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  1. ^ a b Hanks, Patrick; Hardcastle, Kate; Hodges, Flavia (2006), A Dictionary of First Names, Oxford Paperback Reference (2nd ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 65, 401, ISBN 978-0-19-861060-1
  2. ^ "Online Etymology Dictionary". Retrieved 2018-09-16.

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