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Recorded in many forms as shown below, this long-established surname may be either medieval Scottish or Irish in origin. If the former, it derives from the Gaelic Mac Shealbhaigh, meaning the son of Sealbhach, a personal name meaning "Having possessions". Sealbhach mac Shealbhaich is the hero in the tale of the Balieveolan Blassrig according to Folk Tales and Fairy Lore, by Macdougall. Early examples of the surname recording include an allowance made to Mathew, the son of Maurice Make Salui, a Galloway hostage, in the calendar of Documents relating to Scotland in 1299. As an Irish surname it is from the Gaelic Mac Giolla Bhuidhe, meaning the son of the fair man, and probably a reference to a Norse-Viking chieftain...

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