Show ContentsMackin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Alternatively, the name could have been derived from the name of an ancestor as in 'the son of Matthew.' [1]

Early Origins of the Mackin family

The surname Mackin 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. [2]

Early History of the Mackin family

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Mackin Spelling Variations

The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Mackin have included Machen, Machin, Machon, Mackon, Makin, Makins, MacMacken and many more.

Early Notables of the Mackin family

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...
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Mackin Ranking

In the United States, the name Mackin is the 10,877th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Mackin family to Ireland

Some of the Mackin family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Mackin migration to the United States +

During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Mackin:

Mackin Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anna Margaret Mackin, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729 [4]
  • Phillipina Mackin, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1729 [4]
Mackin Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Barbara Mackin, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1802 [4]
  • Edward MacKin, aged 45, who arrived in Tennessee in 1812 [4]
  • Owen Mackin, who landed in New York in 1831 [4]
  • Henry Mackin, aged 20, who arrived in New York in 1833 [4]
  • James Mackin, who arrived in Maryland in 1840 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Mackin migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Mackin Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Patrick Mackin, (Mckin, Macken), (b. 1798), aged 22, Irish labourer who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years for felony, transported aboard the "Dorothy" on 5th May 1820, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Mackin (post 1700) +

  • James Mackin (1822-1887), American merchant, banker and politician
  • Catherine Patricia "Cassie" Mackin (1939-1982), American television journalist, the first woman to regularly anchor an evening network newscast
  • Sean Mackin (b. 1979), American rock musician
  • Pete Mackin, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 2012 [6]
  • Lawrence C. Mackin, American politician, Representative from Massachusetts 9th District, 1992 [6]
  • James H. Mackin, American Democratic Party politician, Postmaster at Oswego, New York, 1937-53 [6]
  • James Mackin, American politician, Mayor of Monroe, Michigan, 1972-73 [6]
  • James Mackin, American Democratic Party politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Dutchess County 1st District, 1859, 1873-75; New York State Treasurer, 1878-79; Member of New York State Senate 13th District, 1882-83 [6]
  • J. C. Mackin, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1884 [6]
  • Hugh E. Mackin, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Philadelphia County, 1877-78, 1881-88 [6]
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Ronald W Mackin (b. 1923), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Jersey, Channel Islands, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking [7]

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. 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)
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th July 2021). Retrieved from
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from
  7. H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook