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McKain is one of the names derived from the families of the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland. It is derived from 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.

McKain Early Origins



The surname McKain 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.

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McKain Spelling Variations


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McKain Spelling Variations



Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents McKain has been spelled MacIan, MacAne, MacKane, MacKean, MacKain and others.

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McKain Early History


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McKain Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKain 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 McKain History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McKain Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McKain Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McKain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McKain In Ireland


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McKain In Ireland



Some of the McKain 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name McKain arrived in North America very early:

McKain Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert McKain, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1823
  • John McKain, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1839
  • Matthew McKain, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • William R McKain, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872
  • James McKain, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878

McKain Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Buchanan McKain landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Ward McKain landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Ward McKain, aged 24, a tailor, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
  • Robina Agnes McKain, aged 18, a sempstress, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
  • James Buchanan McKain, aged 16, a tailor, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Olympus" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McKain (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McKain (post 1700)



  • Harold "Hal" Le Roy McKain (1906-1970), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Archie "Happy" Richard McKain (1911-1985), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Rev. William James McKain (1854-1936), Scottish ( Devon born) ecclesiastic, 20th Chief of Clan Iain of Ardnamurchan
  • Jonathan "Jon" McKain (b. 1982), Australian footballer
  • James McKain (d. 1845), English member of the Royal Navy, 17th Chief of Clan Iain of Ardnamurchan

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    5. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    6. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
    7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    8. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

    The McKain Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKain Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 13 June 2016 at 21:32.

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