The Dalriadan clans of ancient Scotland
spawned the ancestors of the Kinnon 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 Kinnon family
The surname Kinnon 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 Kinnon family
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Kinnon Spelling Variations
The medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English created many spelling variations
of the same name. Kinnon has been recorded as MacKinnon, MacKinning, MacInnon, MacKinnen, MacFingon and many more.
Early Notables of the Kinnon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kinnon family to the New World and Oceana
Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence
. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan
societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Kinnon, or a variant listed above:
Kinnon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- John Otto Kinnon, aged 39, who landed in America from Halifax, in 1905
- Margaret Kinnon, aged 3, who settled in America from Glasgow, in 1906
- Tho. Kinnon, aged 10, who emigrated to America from Glasgow, in 1906
- Jessie Kinnon, aged 27, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
- John Kinnon, aged 32, who landed in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
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Kinnon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Miss. Ann Kinnon, aged 18 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Araminta" departing 1st May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 20th June 1847 but she died on board CITATION[CLOSE]
Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 83)
The Kinnon 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