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McKillop Family HistoryThis unusual and interesting surname is of Scottish origin, and is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic "Mac Fhilib", a patronymic from a Gaelic form of the given name "Philip". Philip is derived from the Greek personal name "Philippos", meaning horse-lover. Some of the namebearers are said to have been standard-bearers to the Campbells of Dunstaffnage, others are included as septs of MacDonald of Glencoe and of MacDonnell's of Keppoch; MacKillop also occurs as a surname in Arran. The surname development since 1433 (see below) includes the following: William MaKillop (1526); Donald M'Gillip (1532); Malcum M'Killib (1547); and Tharlocht M'Killib (1649, Lochtay).
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