The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name MacKian 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 MacKian family
The surname MacKian 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 MacKian family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacKian 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 MacKian History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacKian Spelling Variations
Historical recordings of the name MacKian include many spelling variations
. They include They are the result of repeated translations of the name from Gaelic to English and inconsistencies in spelling rules. MacIan, MacAne, MacKane, MacKean, MacKain and others.
Early Notables of the MacKian family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacKian family to Ireland
Some of the MacKian 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 MacKian 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 MacKian, 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.