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The ancestors of the McKeand family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. Their surname comes from the given name Ian or John. John is the most common personal name in the Highlands. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Iain.

McKeand Early Origins



The surname McKeand was first found in Argyllshire (Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute, 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.

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McKeand Early History


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McKeand Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKeand research. Another 301 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1292, 1340, 1618, 1717, 1777, 1808, and 1875 are included under the topic Early McKeand History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McKeand Spelling Variations


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McKeand 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, McKeand has been spelled MacIan, MacAne, MacKane, MacKean, MacKain and others.

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McKeand Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McKeand Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McKeand Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McKeand In Ireland


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McKeand In Ireland



Some of the McKeand family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 178 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name McKeand were among those contributors:

McKeand Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John McKeand, who arrived in Kentucky in 1786 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McKeand (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McKeand (post 1700)



  • Nigel McKeand, American screenwriter
  • Martin McKeand, British television producer
  • Hannah McKeand, British polar explorer

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