McIlwain households in mid-nineteenth century Ireland

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Surname Dictionary

Mac Giolla Bháin Mac Ilwaine, Kilbane: líonmhar i gCúige Uladh ach líon beag Kilbane i gConnachta. Tá an sloinne nasctha le Sligeach ach d'fhéadfadh cuid mhaith des na h-Ultaigh a bheith de bhunadh Albanach .i. Mac Giolla Bheathain.
MacElwaine fairly rare: scattered in Ulster. This name may be (1) Ir. Mac Giolla Bháin (fair servant; (2) Scottish Mac Giolla Bheathain (devotee of St Beathan). The former was a N Connacht group. MacLysaght thinks that most of the Ulster people are of Scottish origin.
MacIlwaine numerous: Ulster generally. Ir. Mac Giolla Bháin, son of the fair attendant, youth. A sept of Sligo according to Woulfe; however the Scottish name Mac Giolla Bheathain (devotee of St Beathan) is also extant and may well account for those in Ulster.
MacIlween Very rare: Belfast. Ir. Mac Giolla Mhín (gentle youth). Usually Mac Ilveen, q.v.

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