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Origin, popularity and meaning of the name MCELWAIN


McElwain : 1: Scottish and Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Bháin (Irish) or Mac Gille Bháin (Scottish) ‘son of the fair-haired lad’ often translated into English as White or Whyte but otherwise indistinguishable once Anglicized from Scottish Gaelic Mac Gille Bheathain in 2 below. Compare Kilbane.2: Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Bheathain ‘son of the servant (i.e. devotee) of (Saint) Beathan’ a personal name representing a diminutive of beatha ‘life’. Compare McBain.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press

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