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This name is of Gaelic, Scottish origin and is one of the Anglicized forms of the Gaelic patronymic "Mac Gille Bheathain", meaning "son (mac) of the servant of (St.) Beathan", which is a personal name representing a diminutive of "beathe", life. A number of variant surnames have been generated by this Gaelic name, among them "M(a)cGilvane", "M(a)cIlvain", "M(a)cIlwaine" and "M(a)cIlvean", while the name is sometimes further anglicized as "Melvin". One Alan McYlveine of Grumett in Carrick is recorded as bailie of the Abbey of Crossragnel in 1523, and Alane Makilvane, follower of the Earl of Cassih's was charged with murder in 1526 and later acquitted...

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