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McKin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



McKin is a very old Scottish name that may even date back to the Dalriadan tribe of Scotland's western coast and Hebrides islands. It comes from the personal name Simon, or from Sim, which is a diminutive form of that name. The Gaelic forms of the name are Mac Shim, meaning son of Sim. or Mac Shimidh, meaning son of Simon.

Early Origins of the McKin family


The surname McKin was first found in the Isle of Bute, in western Scotland where they held lands anciently granted by the King of Scotland.

Early History of the McKin family


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McKin Spelling Variations


Spelling variations are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. McKin has been spelled M'Shimis, M'Shimmie, M'Kimmie, M'Kim, M'Kym, M'Kymme, M'Shiomoun, M'Kin and many more.

Early Notables of the McKin family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the McKin family to Ireland


Some of the McKin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 158 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the McKin family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McKin Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William McKin, aged 35, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
  • Grace McKin, aged 32, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
  • Mary McKin, aged 6, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
  • Robert McKin, aged 4, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
  • William McKin, aged 2, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875

The McKin 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: Je suis prest
Motto Translation: I am ready.


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