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The Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the Kinnan family. Their name comes from the Gaelic personal name Findgaine. This is derived from the earlier forms Finghin and Finnguine. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Fhionghuin or Mac Fhionnghain.

Kinnan Early Origins



The surname Kinnan was first found in on the Isles of Mull and Skye, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Kinnan Spelling Variations


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Kinnan Spelling Variations



Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Kinnan has been written as MacKinnon, MacKinning, MacInnon, MacKinnen, MacFingon and many more.

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Kinnan Early History


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Kinnan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kinnan research. Another 295 words (21 lines of text) covering the year 1745 is included under the topic Early Kinnan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Kinnan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Kinnan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Kinnan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Kinnan or a variant listed above:

Kinnan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Maggie L. Kinnan, aged 11, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Margaret Kinnan, aged 43, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893
  • John S. Kinnan, aged 48, who emigrated to America, in 1895

Kinnan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • J.S. Kinnan, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Mrs. John S. Kinnan, who landed in America, in 1904
  • Albert Kinnan, aged 50, who emigrated to the United States, in 1905
  • Chas. B. Kinnan, aged 35, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
  • Mrs J S Kinnan, aged 50, who settled in America, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Kinnan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Kinnan (post 1700)



  • Timothy Alan Kinnan (b. 1948), Lieutenant General in the United States Air Force, son of Wally Kinnan
  • Henry Wallace "Wally" Kinnan (1919-2002), American World War II highly decorated hero and prisoner of war, founder of the Sagan Serenaders at Stalag Luft III, later one of the first well known American television broadcast meteorologists

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Audentes fortuna juvat
Motto Translation: Fortune favours the bold


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    6. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    8. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    10. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
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    The Kinnan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Kinnan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 10 January 2016 at 11:15.

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