McKennan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The old Scottish-Dalriadan name McKennan is derived from the Gaelic personal name Findgaine. This is derived from the earlier forms Finghin and Finnguine. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Fhionghuin or Mac Fhionnghain.

Early Origins of the McKennan family

The surname McKennan 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.

Important Dates for the McKennan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKennan research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the year 1745 is included under the topic Early McKennan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McKennan Spelling Variations

Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of McKennan include MacKinnon, MacKinning, MacInnon, MacKinnen, MacFingon and many more.

Early Notables of the McKennan family (pre 1700)

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McKennan migration to the United States

These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The McKennan were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

McKennan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John McKennan, who landed in Perth Amboy, NJ in 1685 [1]
McKennan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James McKennan, who arrived in America in 1795 [1]
McKennan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Alexander McKennan, who landed in New York in 1823 [1]

McKennan migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McKennan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Mckennan (Mckinnon), (b. 1842), aged 22, Scottish shepherd from Perthshire travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 22nd October 1864 [2]

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  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from
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