The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Kinnen is the Gaelic personal name Findgaine.
This is derived from the earlier forms Finghin
The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Fhionghuin
or Mac Fhionnghain.
Early Origins of the Kinnen family
The surname Kinnen 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.
Early History of the Kinnen family
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Kinnen Spelling Variations
The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations
, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Kinnen has appeared as MacKinnon, MacKinning, MacInnon, MacKinnen, MacFingon and many more.
Early Notables of the Kinnen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kinnen family to the New World and Oceana
Many settled along the east coast of what would become the United States and Canada. As the American War of Independence
broke out, those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these hardy Dalriadan-Scottish settlers began to recover their collective history in the 20th century with the advent of the vibrant culture fostered by highland games and Clan
societies in North America. Highland games, clan societies, and other organizations generated much renewed interest in Scottish heritage in the 20th century. The Kinnen were among the earliest of the Scottish settlers as immigration passenger lists have shown: John MacKinnon, who came to Nova Scotia in 1767; Allan MacKinnen, who settled in Prince Edward Island in 1772; Emily MacKinnon, who settled in Prince Edward Island in 1774.
The Kinnen 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