Last name origins & meanings:
- Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Gille Bhràtha, a
patronymic from a personal name meaning ‘servant of judgment’.
- The leading negotiator between the Creek nation and the U.S.
government in the years after the American Revolution was a Creek
chief who bore the unlikely name Alexander McGillivray (b.
c.1759). He was in fact of mixed descent; his father was
Lachlan McGillivray, a Scottish trader, but he owed his position in
the Creek nation to matrilineal descent through his mother, who was
half Creek and half French.
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