MacKinney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic form of MacKinney was Mac Cionaoith.

Early Origins of the MacKinney family

The surname MacKinney was first found in County Monaghan (Irish: Muineachán) located in the Northern part of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Ulster, at Truagh where they were known as the Lords of Truagh.

Early History of the MacKinney family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacKinney research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1544 is included under the topic Early MacKinney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacKinney Spelling Variations

The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name MacKinney revealed spelling variations, including MacKenna, MacKennagh, MacKenney, MacKenny, MacKinna, MacKinnie and many more.

Early Notables of the MacKinney family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early MacKinney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States MacKinney migration to the United States +

Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name MacKinney:

MacKinney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Makyn Mackinney, who landed in Maryland in 1659 [1]
MacKinney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Eliza MacKinney, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • George MacKinney, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]

Australia MacKinney migration to Australia +

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

MacKinney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name MacKinney (post 1700) +

  • Loren G. MacKinney (b. 1941), American college football player, awarded the Francis Hardon Burr Award
  • John J. MacKinney, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Butler, Pennsylvania, 1916 [3]
  • Jared MacKinney (1982-2010), Australian lance corporal in the 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment who was shot and killed in Deh Rahwod during the Battle of Derapet on 24 August 2010


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Albion voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1828 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1828
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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