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
The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Fhionghuin
or Mac Fhionnghain.
Early Origins of the Kinan family
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.
Early History of the Kinan family
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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.
Early Notables of the Kinan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kinan family to the New World and Oceana
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
The Kinan 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