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This Scottish clan surname is recorded in the spellings of MacColl, MacCole, McColl and McCole. Its origins are uncertain; but it is probably derived from a short form of the personal name "Nicholas", itself coming from the Greek "nikan" meaning to conquer, plus "laos", people. If this is the case then it is also one of a large group of Greek and Hebrew names which were "imported" by the 12th century Christian crusaders on their return from the Holy Land. This group includes such names as Thomas, Isaac, Abraham, and many others, all of which became surnames in England, Scotland and Ireland...

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