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The original Gaelic form of McKenna was Mac Cionaoith.

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The surname McKenna was first found in County Monaghan (Irish: Muineachán) located in the Northern part of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Ulster, at Truagh where they were known as the Lords of Truagh.

Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name McKenna family name. Variations found include MacKenna, MacKennagh, MacKenney, MacKenny, MacKinna, MacKinnie and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKenna research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the year 1544 is included under the topic Early McKenna History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name McKenna:

McKenna Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward McKenna, who landed in America in 1810
  • Bridget McKenna, aged 8, landed in New York, NY in 1834
  • John McKenna, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1834
  • Nancy McKenna, aged 10, landed in New York, NY in 1834
  • Peter McKenna, aged 11, arrived in New York, NY in 1834
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McKenna Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John McKenna, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Mary McKenna, aged 35, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Rose McKenna, aged 6, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Mary Ann McKenna, aged 5, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Jane McKenna, aged 3, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
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McKenna Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas McKenna, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on September 21, 1826, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Peter McKenna arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1846
  • George McKenna arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Ashburton" in 1850
  • Catherine McKenna, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Anna Maria" on October 4, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • Thomas McKenna, aged 34, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar"
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McKenna Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Rose McKenna arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • Isabella McKenna arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • Catherine McKenna, aged 19, a servant, arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Jubilee" in 1873
  • Michael McKenna, aged 23, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878
  • Owen McKenna arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cape Finisterre" in 1879
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  • Mike McKenna (b. 1983), American professional NHL ice hockey goaltender
  • Malcolm Carnegie McKenna (1930-2008), American paleontologist
  • Joseph McKenna (1843-1926), American politician, member of the U.S. House of Representatives
  • Catherine McKenna, Canadian federal politician, Minister of Environment and Climate Change (2015-)
  • Guy Lindsay McKenna (b. 1969), Australian rules football coach and former player
  • Stephen McKenna (b. 1985), Scottish football midfielder
  • Paul Stephen McKenna (b. 1977), English footballer
  • Sean Barry McKenna (b. 1987), Scottish football striker
  • Peter McKenna (b. 1946), Australian rules footballer
  • Kevin James McKenna (b. 1980), Canadian professional soccer player
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McKenna Historic Events



RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Patrick Mckenna, Irish Fireman from Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Frank Mckenna, English Trimmer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. John Mckenna, English Trimmer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Bernard Mckenna, Irish Trimmer from Castlebellingham, Louth, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
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  • The MacKennas of Troagh by C. Eugene Swezey.
  • The American Descendants of James McCourt, John McKenny, Matthew Young and Allied Families by Martha F. McCourt.
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Citations



    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
    3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    9. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The McKenna Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKenna Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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