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Alpin, Alpine (m) Gaelic Ailpein. The name of at least
two Pictish kings which survives mainly in surname form:
Macalpin, Macalpine, Elphin, etc.

It is possibly related to the Latin name Albinus (Alban), ‘white’. The European Alps may also derive their name from this source, though Adrian Room (Place Names of the World) mentions the Celtic word alp, ‘rock, mountain.’ St Patrick is referred to in some Gaelic poems as a Macalpine.

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