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The Welsh MacKen surname is thought to derived from name of the village of Machen, located near Caerphilly, in the county of Monmouthshire.

MacKen Early Origins



The surname MacKen was first found in Monmouthshire (Welsh: Sir Fynwy), at Machen, a parish, in the union of Newport, partly in the hundred of Wentlloog, South Wales. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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MacKen Spelling Variations


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MacKen Spelling Variations



Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name MacKen has seen various spelling variations: Machen, Machin, Machon, Mackon, Makin, Makins, MacMacken and many more.

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MacKen Early History


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MacKen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacKen research. Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1541, 1614, 1614, 1600 and 1675 are included under the topic Early MacKen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacKen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacKen Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Thomas Machen ( c. 1541-1614), an English mercer who was mayor of Gloucester three times, Member of Parliament for Gloucester in 1614; Bathsua Reginald Makin (c.1600-c.1675) English middle-class proto-feminist who...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early MacKen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacKen In Ireland


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MacKen In Ireland



Some of the MacKen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name MacKen:

MacKen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Macken, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1651
  • William Macken, who arrived in America in 1652

MacKen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Cath Macken, aged 18, landed in New York in 1854
  • Hugh, Michael, Patrick, Thomas, and William Macken also arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacKen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacKen (post 1700)



  • Francis Macken, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Essex County, 1868-69
  • Daniel E. Macken, American Republican politician, Justice of New York Supreme Court 7th District; Elected 1960
  • Anthony "Tony" Macken (b. 1950), Irish former professional footballer
  • Fidelma O'Kelly Macken (b. 1942), Irish retired judge of the Supreme Court of Ireland (2005-2012), Judge of the European Court of Justice (2004-2005)
  • Tara Macken, Kuwait-born, stunt woman and actress, known for her work on The Mentalist, Star Trek Into Darkness, Iron Man 3 and many more
  • Peter Neville Macken (b. 1938), Australian modern pentathlete and fencer, five-time Olympian
  • Walter Macken (1915-1967), Irish writer of short stories, novels and plays
  • Eoin Christopher Macken (b. 1983), Irish actor, film maker and model
  • Eddie Macken (b. 1949), Irish three-time silver equestrian show jumper, former Olympian
  • Brendan Macken (b. 1991), Irish rugby player
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  6. Bradsley C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print.
  7. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
  11. ...

The MacKen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacKen 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 29 August 2016 at 13:41.

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