The MacKean family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland
. The name MacKean is derived from 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 MacKean family
The surname MacKean 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 MacKean family
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MacKean 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. MacKean has appeared in various documents spelled MacIan, MacAne, MacKane, MacKean, MacKain and others.
Early Notables of the MacKean family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacKean family to Ireland
Some of the MacKean family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the MacKean family to the New World and Oceana
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence
. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name MacKean or a variant listed above:
MacKean Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Daniel MacKean, who arrived in New England in 1651-1652 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)
MacKean Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John MacKean, who settled in Boston in 1763
- James MacKean, who settled in Carolina in 1767
MacKean Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Alexander, James, John, Lowrey, Thomas, and William MacKean, all, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
Contemporary Notables of the name MacKean (post 1700)
- Elizabeth Mary "Liz" MacKean (b. 1964), British television reporter and presenter