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Meaning & History

Anglicized form of the Gaelic given name Mac Beatha meaning "son of life", implying holiness. This was the name of an 11th-century Scottish king. Shakespeare based his play 'Macbeth' loosely on this king's life.
Other Languages & CulturesMac Beatha Medieval Scottish

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anglicizations, kings, literature, murderers, Shakespearean characters, theatre
Entry added December 3, 2014   Contribute