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The sea-swept Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland, made up the ancient Dalriadan kingdom, the ancestral home of the McKean family. Their 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.

McKean Early Origins



The surname McKean 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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McKean Spelling Variations


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McKean Spelling Variations



Many spelling variations of McKean have been recorded over the years, including These are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. MacIan, MacAne, MacKane, MacKean, MacKain and others.

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McKean Early History


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McKean Early History



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

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McKean Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McKean Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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McKean In Ireland


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McKean In Ireland



Some of the McKean 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



Many who arrived from Scotland settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would go on to become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many settlers who remained loyal to England went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Their descendants later began to recover the lost Scottish heritage through events such as the highland games that dot North America in the summer months. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the McKean family emigrate to North America:

McKean Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth McKean, who landed in New England in 1718
  • John McKean, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1763
  • James McKean, who arrived in America in 1767
  • David McKean, who arrived in New York in 1786

McKean Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William McKean, who landed in South Carolina in 1810
  • Andrew McKean, who landed in America in 1811
  • Alexander McKean, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Thomas McKean, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1820
  • Neal McKean, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McKean Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Robert McKean, who landed in Quebec in 1802

McKean Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Peter McKean arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Nicol" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM NICOL. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840WilliamNichol.htm
  • James McKean, English Convict from Chester, who was transported aboard the "Aboukir" on December 24, 1851, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851

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Contemporary Notables of the name McKean (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McKean (post 1700)



  • Michael Jones McKean (b. 1976), American artist
  • Samuel McKean, American merchant and politician from Burlington, Pennsylvania
  • James B. McKean (1821-1879), New York politician and Union Army general
  • Frank A. McKean, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Governor of New Hampshire, 1878
  • Edgar D. McKean, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1952, 1956, 1960
  • Dayton D. McKean, American Democrat politician, New Hampshire Democratic State Chair, 1949
  • Arthur McKean, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1952, 1956
  • Arthur McKean, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Pennsylvania State Auditor General, 1920
  • Andrew P. McKean, American politician, Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 29th District, 1915
  • Albert McKean, American politician, Member of New Hampshire State Senate 7th District, 1851-52
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM NICOL. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840WilliamNichol.htm
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 18) Aboukir voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Norfolk Island. [These convicts appear to have all landed in Van Diemen's Land], Australia in 1851 with 280 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/aboukir/1851

Other References

  1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  5. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  6. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  7. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. 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.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  11. ...

The McKean Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKean 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 12 August 2016 at 09:46.

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