The Kinahan surname comes from a proud and ancient past. The name Kinahan appeared originally in Gaelic as O Connachtain.
from very ancient times.
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Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations
. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Kinahan revealed many variations, including Cunigan, Conigan, Cunnigan, Conaghan, Conaughan, O'Cunigan, O'Conaghan, Connaghan, Connaughan, Kinneghan, Kinnegan and many more.
To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence
began, many Irish settlers took the side of England
, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland
at this time for North America and Australia
. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Kinahan or a variant listed above, including:
Kinahan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Kinahan, aged 20, who emigrated to the United States from Queensland, in 1892
Kinahan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Maria Kinahan, aged 58, who landed in America from Tullamore, in 1902
- Francis Kinahan, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States from Cork, Ireland, in 1907
- Patrick Kinahan, aged 24, who settled in America from Clara, Ireland, in 1908
- Thomas Kinahan, aged 20, who landed in America from Clara, Ireland, in 1908
- Anne Kinahan, aged 46, who emigrated to the United States from Honnybrook, Ireland, in 1910
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Kinahan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Ms. Sarah Kinahan, aged 20 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Wellington" departing 29th July 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 20th September 1847 but she died on board CITATION[CLOSE]
Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 83)