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The surname McElhinny comes from the Irish Mac Giolla Chainnigh, meaning the son of a servant or devotee of St. Canice, also known as St. Kenny. The place name Kilkenny, is also derived from the saint; in Irish it is Cill Chainnigh, meaning the church of St. Canice.

McElhinny Early Origins



The surname McElhinny was first found in County Derry, where the sept was of the Cenel Eoghain group. The St. Canice branch of whom they were originally followers, came from Dromachose, County Derry. One of the earliest records of the name is of David de Kilkenny, who was Bishop of Achonry, County Sligo (1312 to 1344.) Ironically the name is not taken from the town in Leinster or the county named Kilkenny. References to the surname were rare throughout history. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, More Irish Families. Dublin: Irish Academic Press, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0)

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McElhinny Spelling Variations


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McElhinny Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Kilkenny, MacKilkenny, MacElhinny, MacElheeny, MacIlhenny and many more.

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McElhinny Early History


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McElhinny Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McElhinny research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1690 and 1866 are included under the topic Early McElhinny History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McElhinny Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McElhinny Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McElhinny Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McElhinny Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • David McElhinny, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1806 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Maggie McElhinny, aged 25, originally from Donegal, who arrived in New York in 1899 aboard the ship "City of Rome" from Londonderry, Ireland [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXZ4-3TL : 6 December 2014), Maggie McElhinny, 26 Jun 1899; citing departure port Londonderry, arrival port New York, ship name City of Rome, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

McElhinny Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Lehha McElhinny, aged 34, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Caronia" from London, England [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6CX-DTR : 6 December 2014), Lehha McElhinny, 31 Dec 1920; citing departure port London, arrival port New York, ship name Caronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Letitia McElhinny, aged 37, who arrived in New York in 1924 aboard the ship "Scythia" from Liverpool, England [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JN3Y-M4F : 6 December 2014), Letitia McElhinny, 11 Nov 1924; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Scythia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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Contemporary Notables of the name McElhinny (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McElhinny (post 1700)



  • Brad McElhinny, American publisher and editor of The Charleston Daily Mail, a Pulitzer Prize-winning morning newspaper in Charleston, West Virginia

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