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Where did the Scottish McKean family come from? What is the Scottish McKean family crest and coat of arms? When did the McKean family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McKean family history?The sea-swept Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland, made up the ancient Dalriadan kingdom, the ancestral home of the McKean family. Their name comes from the given name Ian or John. John is the most common personal name in the Highlands. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Iain.
Many spelling variations of McKean have been recorded over the years, including These are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. MacIan, MacAne, MacKane, MacKean, MacKain and others.
First found in Argyllshire, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKean research. Another 301 words(22 lines of text) covering the years 1292, 1340, 1618, 1717, 1777, 1808, and 1875 are included under the topic Early McKean History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 44 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McKean Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the McKean family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 178 words(13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the McKean family emigrate to North America:
McKean Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
McKean Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The McKean Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKean Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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