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Subject: Re: Gilpin
Author: Miranda   (Authenticated as Randee15)
Date: March 15, 2005 at 1:06:22 PM
Reply to: I'm not sure what you mean . . . by Chrisell
1. English: In the northeast, from the Gilpin river in Cumbria; in southern counties, probably a variant of Galpin.
2. Irish (Connacht): Reduced Anglicised form of Gaelic Mac Giolla Fionn "son of the fair-haired lad". In Ulster, the name may be of northern English origin (see 1 above).

1. English: Occupational name for a messenger or scullion (in a monastery), from Old French galopin "page"/"turnspit", in turn from galoper "to gallop".

I included Galpin for the sake of completeness only. Obviously, you're interested in the Irish derivation.


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