The name Kinchen has seen many modifications since the time in which it was first devised. In Gaelic it appeared as Mag Aonghusa or Mag Aonghuis. Both of these mean son of Angus.
Early Origins of the Kinchen family
The surname Kinchen was first found in County Down
(Irish:An Dún) part of the Province of Ulster
, in Northern Ireland
, formerly known as county St Mirren, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times.
Early History of the Kinchen family
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Kinchen Spelling Variations
In the days before Gaelic or English gained any significant semblance of standardization, the scribes who created documents simply recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research into the Kinchen family history revealed numerous spelling variations
of the name, including Kinch, Kinnish, Kennish, MacInesh, MacInch, McInch, MacKinch, McKinch and many more.
Early Notables of the Kinchen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kinchen family to the New World and Oceana
The 19th century brought a massive reduction in Ireland's population. It seemed that during the Great Potato Famine
of the late 1840s the Irish people had two options: starve or immigrate. Those that chose the later frequently headed for the United States, hopeful for land, work, and equality. Those determined for free land joined the migration west; while others stayed behind to live in urban centers and often work in factories. Still others began a transitory life in work camps, building the bridges, canals, railways, and highways so critical to the rapidly development of the growing industrial nation. Early passenger and immigration lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Kinchen:
Kinchen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Edward Kinchen, aged 26, who landed in America from London, in 1899
Kinchen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- George Alexander Kinchen, aged 3, who emigrated to America from Bridge Norton, England, in 1912
- Dennis S. Kinchen, aged 6, who emigrated to the United States from Bridge Norton, England, in 1912
- John Thomas Kinchen, aged 9, who emigrated to the United States from Bridge Norton, England, in 1912
- Margaret Lucy Kinchen, aged 11, who landed in America from Bridge Norton, England, in 1912
- Sarah Jane Kinchen, aged 39, who settled in America from Bridge Norton, England, in 1912
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Contemporary Notables of the name Kinchen (post 1700)
- Arif S. Kinchen (b. 1973), African-American film and television actor
- Todd Kinchen (b. 1969), American retired professional American NFL football player
- Brian Douglas Kinchen (b. 1965), American retired professional American NFL football tight end
- Marc "MK" Kinchen, American house-music producer
- Kinchen O'Keefe, American politician, Mayor of Clarksdale, Mississippi, 1952-53