Why is it that in lists of people’s names, surnames beginning with Mc
are listed before surnames beginning with Ma?
For example, if a book had a bibliography listing its references, we would
see that McGann, Anthony listed first and Maddox, Graham second, like this:
Why doesn’t the ‹a› in McGann come before the ‹d›
in Maddox here? Does capitalization matter?
Even when you search Wikipedia, their pop-up is ordered strangely when you start typing in the search box and get as far as “ian mac”:
That order is not what I would expect. Why do they do that? Also, how come they showed me Ian McKellan and Ian McShane and such when those don’t start with the same letters as those I searched for when I typed “ian mac”?
Does this happen with other
names more or less like those as well, making names like these appear
in a surprising order as well?
- May, Julian
- Mbombela, Frederica
- McBride, Martina
- Mabrey, Sunny
- Macaluso, Luigi
- Magellan, Ferdinand
- MacGill, James
- Mack, Sennett
- McGill, Jason
- McKinley, William
- Mackerel, Jack
- Machado, Antonio
- Machiavelli, Niccolò
- Ma, Yo-Yo