Origins Available: Scottish
The west coast of Scotland
and the rocky Hebrides
islands are the ancient home of the MacKan family. The root of their name is the given name Ian
or John. John
is the most common personal name
in the Highlands. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Iain.
Early Origins of the MacKan family
The surname MacKan was first found in Argyllshire
(Gaelic erra Ghaidheal), the region of western Scotland
corresponding roughly with the ancient Kingdom of Dál Riata, in the Strathclyde region of Scotland
, now part of the Council Area of Argyll and Bute
, 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 MacKan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacKan research.Another 301 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1292, 1340, 1618, 1717, 1777, 1808, and 1875 are included under the topic Early MacKan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacKan Spelling Variations
were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. MacKan has appeared in various documents spelled MacIan, MacAne, MacKane, MacKean, MacKain and others.
Early Notables of the MacKan family (pre 1700)
Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacKan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacKan family to Ireland
Some of the MacKan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 178 words (13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the MacKan family to the New World and Oceana
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 MacKan or a variant listed above:
MacKan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Mackan, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)