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MILAN Family HistoryThis rare and interesting surname can be English or Scottish. It has at least two possible origins. Firstly, it may be a short form of the Scottish MacMillan, meaning the grandson of the tonsured one. The name originally referred to a religious man, one with a shaven head, and a follower of a saint. Secondly, it can be a variant of Mill. This was either topographical for someone who lived near a mill, or an occupational name for a miller. The derivation being from the Olde English pre 7th century word "mylen", from the Latin "molina", meaning to grind. The mill, whether powered by water, wind, or animals, was an important centre in every medieval settlement, and was usually operated by an agent of the local landowner...
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