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This ancient surname is of early Gaelic origins. Recorded in many spellings as shown below, it is derived from the Scottish 'Macbeth, meaning 'son of life', or 'man of religion', which hardly fits in with Shakespeares interpretation! Today the name is quite numerous in North East Ulster and it is found in a wide variety of spellings which include McVeigh, MacVaugh, MacVagh, McVaugh, McVey, MacBay, MacBey, McBay, McBey and others. However its probable place of origin was in the Scottish Islands of Mull and Islay where in the medieval times it is believed that the Clan were the hereditary physicians to the region.

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