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.
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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.
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 
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
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
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