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McVeigh Family HistoryThis ancient surname is of early Gaelic origins. It is derived from 'Maccbethad' (the modern Scottish 'Macbeth'), meaning 'son of life', or 'man of religion', which hardly fits in with Shakespeares interpretation! Today the name is in addition to Scotland, quite numerous in North East Ulster. It is found in a wide variety of spellings which include McVeigh, McVaugh, McVagh, McVaugh, McVey, McBey, McVie and McVeagh. Its probable place of origin was in the Scottish Islands of Mull and Islay where in the medieval times it is believed that the clan were the hereditary physicians to the region.
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