Show ContentsKincannon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Strathclyde-Briton people of ancient Scotland were the first to use the name Kincannon. The Kincannon family lived at Kincaid in the county of Stirlingshire. The name of Kincaith, from which the family derive their name is almost certainly of Gaelic origin, coming from the Gaelic words "ceann", meaning top or head and "caithe", meaning pass. [1] [2]

Early Origins of the Kincannon family

The surname Kincannon was first found in Stirlingshire. The earliest evidence of the surname Kincannon was found in the parish of Campsie, Stirlingshire north of Glasgow. [3]

Early History of the Kincannon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kincannon research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1450, 1457, 1467, 1493, 1467, 1493, 1545, 1609, 1687, 1579, 1600, 1600, 1600, 1661, 1726, 1787, 1902, 1840, 1815 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Kincannon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kincannon Spelling Variations

Medieval Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. This is due to the fact that scribes in that era spelled according to the sound of words, rather than any set of rules. Kincannon has been spelled Kincaid, Kinkeed, Kincade, Kyncade, Kinkaid and many more.

Early Notables of the Kincannon family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Jean Kincaid (1579-1600) who led an unfortunate life with a brutal husband, John Kincaid of Warriston. Eventually, his violent ways became too much for her to bear and she incited a servant of hers named Robert Weir, to batter the man to death with his bare fists. He was admitted by Mrs. Kincaid into her husband's chamber in his house at Warriston at an early hour on the morning of Tuesday, 1 July 1600, and he killed Kincaid with his fists. News of the murder quickly reached Edinburgh, and 'the Lady Warristoun,' 'the...
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Kincannon Ranking

In the United States, the name Kincannon is the 17,709th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Kincannon family to Ireland

Some of the Kincannon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Kincannon family

Many Scots were left with few options other than to leave their homeland for the colonies across the Atlantic. Some of these families fought to defend their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence. Others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these families have recently been able to rediscover their roots through Clan societies and other Scottish organizations. Among them: John Kincaid, who was the first Kincaid in North America, landing at Perth Amboy, New Jersey in 1683; John Kincaid, who settled in New Jersey in 1685.

Contemporary Notables of the name Kincannon (post 1700) +

  • Charles Louis Kincannon (b. 1940), American statistician, Director of the United States Census Bureau (2002-2008)
  • Andrew Armstrong Kincannon (1859-1939), American academic, Chancellor of the University of Mississippi from 1907 to 1914
  • Robert Kincannon (b. 1952), American professional football player
  • William Kincannon (b. 1962), American professional baseball player

  1. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?"., on Facebook