islands and the west coast of Scotland
are the ancestral home of the Kinnan 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 Kinnan family
The surname Kinnan 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 Kinnan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kinnan research.Another 295 words (21 lines of text) covering the year 1745 is included under the topic Early Kinnan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kinnan Spelling Variations
Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations
. Kinnan has been written as MacKinnon, MacKinning, MacInnon, MacKinnen, MacFingon and many more.
Early Notables of the Kinnan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kinnan family to the New World and Oceana
Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence
as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan
societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Kinnan or a variant listed above:
Kinnan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Maggie L. Kinnan, aged 11, who landed in America, in 1893
- Margaret Kinnan, aged 43, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
- John S. Kinnan, aged 48, who emigrated to America, in 1895
Kinnan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- J.S. Kinnan, who landed in America, in 1903
- Mrs. John S. Kinnan, who landed in America, in 1904
- Albert Kinnan, aged 50, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
- Chas. B. Kinnan, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
- Mrs J S Kinnan, aged 50, who settled in America, in 1907
- ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Contemporary Notables of the name Kinnan (post 1700)
- Timothy Alan Kinnan (b. 1948), Lieutenant General in the United States Air Force, son of Wally Kinnan
- Henry Wallace "Wally" Kinnan (1919-2002), American World War II highly decorated hero and prisoner of war, founder of the Sagan Serenaders at Stalag Luft III, later one of the first well known American television broadcast meteorologists
- Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1896-1953), American author
The Kinnan 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