MacKinnon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

MacKinnon comes from the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland's west coast and Hebrides islands. The name comes from the Gaelic personal name Findgaine. This is derived from the earlier forms Finghin and Finnguine. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Fhionghuin or Mac Fhionnghain.

Early Origins of the MacKinnon family

The surname MacKinnon was first found in on the Isles of Mull and Skye, 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.

Important Dates for the MacKinnon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacKinnon research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the year 1745 is included under the topic Early MacKinnon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacKinnon Spelling Variations

The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years MacKinnon has appeared as MacKinnon, MacKinning, MacInnon, MacKinnen, MacFingon and many more.

Early Notables of the MacKinnon family (pre 1700)

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MacKinnon migration to the United States

Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name MacKinnon or a variant listed above:

MacKinnon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Joseph Mackinnon, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1770 [1]
  • Archibald MacKinnon, who settled in Georgia in 1775 with his wife Janet and brother George
MacKinnon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Peggy Mackinnon, who arrived in America in 1838 [1]

MacKinnon migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

MacKinnon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John MacKinnon, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1767
  • Emily MacKinnon, who settled in Prince Edward Island in 1774
  • Alex. MacKinnon, who arrived in Prince Edward Island in 1790
  • Ann Mackinnon, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1797
MacKinnon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Donald Mackinnon, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1817
  • Hector and Catherine MacKinnon, and their children who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1828

MacKinnon migration to Australia

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

MacKinnon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Agnus MacKinnon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Constance" in 1848 [2]
  • John Mackinnon, aged 28, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • John Mackinnon, aged 53, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
  • Roderick Mackinnon, aged 48, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
  • Alexander Mackinnon, aged 15, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

MacKinnon migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

MacKinnon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • A W MacKinnon, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842
  • Sarah MacKinnon, aged 35, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
  • Alexander MacKinnon, aged 13, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
  • Betsy MacKinnon, aged 12, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
  • Charles MacKinnon, aged 10, who arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name MacKinnon (post 1700)

  • Bob MacKinnon (1927-2015), American collegiate and professional basketball coach, inductee into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame (1995)
  • Roderick MacKinnon (b. 1956), American scientist, professor of Molecular Neurobiology and Biophysics at Rockefeller University, winner of the 2003 Nobel Prize in Chemistry
  • Catharine Alice MacKinnon (b. 1946), American feminist, scholar, lawyer, teacher and activist
  • Louis P. MacKinnon, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New Hampshire State House of Representatives from Berlin 3rd Ward, 1938 [3]
  • John C. MacKinnon, American Republican politician, Member of Maine State House of Representatives from Oxford County (2nd), 1931-32 [3]
  • James Simpson MacKinnon (b. 1897), American Republican politician, Member of Alaska territorial House of Representatives 1st District, 1951-52 [3]
  • George Edward MacKinnon (1906-1995), American Republican politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives, 1935-42 [3]
  • Daniel F. MacKinnon, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Connecticut 6th District, 1978 [3]
  • Clinton F. MacKinnon, American politician, First Selectman of East Lyme, Connecticut, 1947-49, 1954-55 [3]
  • Arthur W. MacKinnon, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1944 [3]
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the MacKinnon family

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. Murdo MacKinnon (1918-1941), Australian Petty Officer from Wellard, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [4]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Donald Mackinnon (1922-1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [5]

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Citations

  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 Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CONSTANCE - 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Constance.htm
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  5. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
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