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The age-old Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the Kinan family. Their name comes from the Gaelic personal name Findgaine. This is derived from the earlier forms Finghin and Finnguine. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Fhionghuin or Mac Fhionnghain.

Kinan Early Origins



The surname Kinan was first found in on the Isles of Mull and Skye, 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.

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Kinan Early History


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Kinan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kinan research. Another 295 words (21 lines of text) covering the year 1745 is included under the topic Early Kinan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kinan Spelling Variations


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Kinan Spelling Variations



Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, Kinan has been spelled MacKinnon, MacKinning, MacInnon, MacKinnen, MacFingon and many more.

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Kinan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kinan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kinan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kinan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Joanna Kinan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1828

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Audentes fortuna juvat
Motto Translation: Fortune favours the bold


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Kinan Family Crest Products


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