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MacKent History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: Scottish, Welsh


The Dalriadan clans of ancient Scotland spawned the ancestors of the MacKent family. Their name comes 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 MacKent family


The surname Mac Kent 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 Mac Kent family


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Mac Kent Spelling Variations


The medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English created many spelling variations of the same name. Mac Kent has been recorded as MacIan, MacAne, MacKane, MacKean, MacKain and others.

Early Notables of the Mac Kent family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Mac Kent family to Ireland


Some of the Mac Kent family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Mac Kent family to the New World and Oceana


Descendents of Dalriadan-Scottish families still populate many communities across North America. They are particularly common in Canada, since many went north as United Empire Loyalists at the time of the American War of Independence. Much later, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the highland games and Clan societies that now dot North America sprang up, allowing many Scots to recover their lost national heritage. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Mac Kent, or a variant listed above: John MacKane settled in Carolina in 1806; Alexander, John, Peter, Thomas MacKane all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860; James MacKean settled in Carolina in 1767.

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