While many of Irish names are quite familiar to most, their original Gaelic forms are often forgotten and mysterious. The original Gaelic form of the name Kinnes is Mag Aonghusa or Mag Aonghuis, which mean "son of Angus."
from ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kinnes research.Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1539, 1543, 1584, 1640, 1703, 1797, 1798, 1868 and 1759 are included under the topic Early Kinnes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
In the days before Gaelic or English gained any significant semblance of standardization, the scribes who created documents simply recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research into the Kinnes family history revealed numerous spelling variations
of the name, including Genis, Guinness, Magennis, Guinnessy, McGuinness and many more.
North America received thousands of Irish immigrants from the English-ruled Ireland
during the 19th century. Once in the United States or what would become Canada, these immigrants quickly contributed to the ongoing settling and industrialization processes. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. An exhaustive examination of immigrant and passenger lists has shown many early immigrants bearing the surname of Kinnes: John Guinnessy, who settled in New York in 1849; William Guinnes who settled in Barbados in 1663; Pat and Mary Guinnessy who settled in Quebec with their ten children in 1849..