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  1. a male given name: from a Gaelic word meaning “light.”
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  1. Arthur . 1920–99, Australian painter and sculptor, noted for his large ceramic sculptures and his series of engravings
  2. Martin (A'Beckett). 1893–1972, Australian novelist, author of Lucinda Brayford (1946) and of the Langton tetralogy The Cardboard Crown (1952), A Difficult Young Man (1955), Outbreak of Love (1957), and When Blackbirds Sing (1962)
  3. Sir Michael. born 1955, British theatre director; artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 2003
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in many cases, the family name represents Gaelic or Irish buidhe "yellow," suggesting blond hair, cf. Manx name Mac Giolla Buidhe (c.1100).

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