The sea-swept Hebrides
islands and the west coast of Scotland
, made up the ancient Dalriadan kingdom, the ancestral home of the MacInnon 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 MacInnon family
The surname MacInnon 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 MacInnon family
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MacInnon Spelling Variations
Many spelling variations
of MacInnon have been recorded over the years, including These are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. MacKinnon, MacKinning, MacInnon, MacKinnen, MacFingon and many more.
Early Notables of the MacInnon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacInnon family to the New World and Oceana
Many who arrived from Scotland
settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many settlers who remained loyal to England
went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the MacInnon family emigrate to North America: John MacKinnon, who came to Nova Scotia in 1767; Allan MacKinnen, who settled in Prince Edward Island in 1772; Emily MacKinnon, who settled in Prince Edward Island in 1774.
The MacInnon 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