Show ContentsMcKane History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

McKane comes from the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland's west coast and Hebrides islands. The name comes 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.

Early Origins of the McKane family

The surname McKane 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.

Early History of the McKane family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKane research. Another 166 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1340, 1292, 1808, 1875, 1618, 1717, 1777, 1667 and are included under the topic Early McKane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McKane 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 McKane has appeared as MacIan, MacAne, MacKane, MacKean, MacKain and others.

Early Notables of the McKane family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Archibald McKain (1717-1777), Scottish Shoemaker and Burgess of Elgin, Morayshire, who became the 15th Chief of MacIain of Ardnamurchan. Also of note was Thomas M'kean of Delaware, one of the signers of the American Declaration of Independence. John Canne (d. 1667?)...
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Ireland Migration of the McKane family to Ireland

Some of the McKane family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States McKane 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 McKane or a variant listed above:

McKane Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John McKane, who landed in America in 1806 [1]
  • James McKane, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1819 [1]
  • Alexander McKane, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840 [1]
  • Andrew McKane, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878 [1]

Canada McKane migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McKane Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Nancy McKane, aged 24, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Madawaska" in 1833

Australia McKane migration to Australia +

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

McKane Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James McKane, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"

Contemporary Notables of the name McKane (post 1700) +

  • Jackie McKane (1952-1982), American writer, known for her work on Harper Valley PTA (1981), and Shirley (1979)
  • Brendan McKane (b. 1985), American actor, known for MASK, Circle of Two (1981) and Delusion (1991)
  • Matthew "Matt" McKane (b. 1981), American stage and film actor, known for his work on Superbad (2007), Knocked Up (2007) and The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
  • Charlotte McKane (b. 1995), American college student known for community service work, twice recognized by the New York State Senate
  • Alice Woodby McKane (1865-1948), American physician, the first woman to work as a doctor in Savannah, Georgia
  • John McKane (d. 1886), Irish Conservative Member of Parliament (MP) for the Irish constituency of Mid Armagh (1885-1886); he died while in office

Monongah Mine
  • Mr. Charles McKane (b. 1880), Italian coal miner who was in mine 8 at the Monongah mine on 6th December 1907 when it exploded and collapsed; he died [2]
RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Peter David McKane (d. 1912), aged 46, English Second Class passenger from Guernsey, Channel Islands who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [3]

  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. Monongah Mining Disaster retrieved on 8th August 2021. (Retrieved from
  3. Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook