Kinning History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Kinning family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland. The name Kinning is derived 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.

Early Origins of the Kinning family

The surname Kinning 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.

Important Dates for the Kinning family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kinning research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the year 1745 is included under the topic Early Kinning History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Kinning 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. Kinning has been written as MacKinnon, MacKinning, MacInnon, MacKinnen, MacFingon and many more.

Early Notables of the Kinning family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Kinning family

The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Kinning or a variant listed above include: 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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Kinning (post 1700)

  • Max Kinning, British writer who wrote the novels Hitman and The Fixer
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