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Mason is an Italian, French or English surname that refers to someone who did stonemasonry work, or it derives from the given name “Maso”, which is the short form of the personal name “Tommaso”. The name “Tommaso”, or “Thomas”, is itself derived from the Aramaic toma (“twin”).
The name Ben is a boy’s name of Hebrew origin meaning “son of”. Ben, the diminutive of Benjamin or Benedict, can easily stand on its own as a simple, strong, nice-guy choice, though it’s somewhat attenuated. Ben is this generation’s Bob or Bill.
Ryan is an English-language given name of Irish origin which is used by both males and females. It comes from the Irish surname Ryan, which in turn comes from the Old Irish name Rian. Popular modern sources typically suggest that the name means “little king” or “illustrious”, but the original meaning is unknown.
Popular modern sources typically suggest that Ryan means “little king” or “illustrious”. There are also cases in which Ryan is an Americanized form of the German surname Rein.
The contraction from Mac to Mc has occurred more in Ireland than in Scotland, with two out of three Mc surnames originating in Ireland, but two out of three Mac surnames originating in Scotland. McCarthy is the only Mac/Mc name in the Irish top ten surnames, and MacDonald is the only one in the Scottish top ten.
Surnames and prefixes A male’s surname generally takes the form Ó/Ua (meaning “descendant”) or Mac (“son”) followed by the genitive case of a name, as in Ó Dónaill (“descendant of Dónall”) or Mac Siúrtáin (“son of Jordan”). A son has the same surname as his father.