Kinna History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic form of Kinna was Mac Cionaoith.

Early Origins of the Kinna family

The surname Kinna was first found in County Monaghan (Irish: Muineachán) located in the Northern part of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Ulster, at Truagh where they were known as the Lords of Truagh.

Early History of the Kinna family

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Kinna 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 Kinna family name. Variations found include MacKenna, MacKennagh, MacKenney, MacKenny, MacKinna, MacKinnie and many more.

Early Notables of the Kinna family (pre 1700)

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United States Kinna migration to the United States +

Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Kinna:

Kinna Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Michael Kinna, aged 23, originally from Lancashire, who arrived in New York in 1893 aboard the ship "Servia" from Liverpool & Queenstown [1]
Kinna Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mary Jane Kinna, aged 60, originally from Manchester, England, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Celtic" from Liverpool, England [2]

Canada Kinna migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kinna Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Kinna, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1838

Australia Kinna migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Kinna Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Kinna, (b. 1798), aged 22, Irish butcher who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years for felony, transported aboard the "Dorothy" on 5th May 1820, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. John Kinna, Canadian convict who was convicted in Kingston, Ontario, Canada for 10 years, transported aboard the "Bangalore" on 1st January 1850, arriving in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kinna (post 1700) +

  • Ruth Ellen Kinna, British professor of Political Theory at Loughborough University
  • Patrick Francis Kinna MBE (1913-2009), British stenographer for Winston Churchill during World War II on Facebook