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Where did the Irish McKen family come from? What is the Irish McKen family crest and coat of arms? When did the McKen family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McKen family history?The original Gaelic form of McKen was Mac Cionaoith.
Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name McKen dating from that time include MacKenna, MacKennagh, MacKenney, MacKenny, MacKinna, MacKinnie and many more.
First found in County Monaghan, at Truagh where they were known as the Lords of Truagh.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKen research. Another 227 words(16 lines of text) covering the year 1544 is included under the topic Early McKen History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early McKen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name McKen or a variant listed above, including: Andrew, Arthur, Charles, Edward, James, John, Michael, Owen, Patrick, Peter and Thomas McKenna all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860; Alice, Daniel, James, John, Thomas and William McKenney settled in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860.
The McKen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKen 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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