pronounced, "Ishd O Ishd," translates into "Listen O Listen."
Quite often you will erroneously find our war cry affixed to a badge
instead of our "fide et opera" motto. The war cry was reserved for
the Chief as a rally to battle.
"MacArthur", like many Scottish surnames,
begins with the prefix "Mac", which means "Son
of". Therefore, "MacArthur" means "Son
of Arthur". You will also see the prefix "Mc", which
is just an abbreviated version. This abbreviation is seen quite often in
Scottish records, so it appears to be originally a Scottish deviation.
There are various theories as
to the reason for all the many spellings of "MacArthur".
Perhaps the most plausible is due to the censuses taken over the years. Usually,
the only literate persons were the clerks and clergy. They were the ones who
recorded the marriages and births and deaths. Being left up to personal
interpretation, it is likely that these clerks
spelled the names phonetically. Thus "MacArthur" might be pronounced as "MaKarter",
then recorded as McCarter, then eventually just "Carter". Once
you see the names listed below, you will begin to see what we mean.