The Kinaman surname comes from a proud and ancient past. The name Kinaman appeared originally in Gaelic as O Connachtain.
Early Origins of the Kinaman family
The surname Kinaman was first found in County Sligo
(Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht
in Northwestern Ireland
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Kinaman family
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Kinaman Spelling Variations
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 Kinaman family name. Variations found include Cunigan, Conigan, Cunnigan, Conaghan, Conaughan, O'Cunigan, O'Conaghan, Connaghan, Connaughan, Kinneghan, Kinnegan and many more.
Early Notables of the Kinaman family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kinaman family to the New World and Oceana
During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families
made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine
during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Kinaman family in North America:
Kinaman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Thomas Kinaman, aged 32, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Ebro" from Valparaiso, Chile CITATION[CLOSE]
"New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6CQ-236 : 6 December 2014), Thomas Kinaman, 17 Sep 1920; citing departure port Valparaiso, Chile, arrival port New York, ship name Ebro, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).