The ancestors of the McKechnie family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. Their surname comes from /the personal names
, where they were a sept of the MacDonalds, descended from Hector (Gaelic Eachann,) second son of Roderick MacDonald, 3rd of Moydart and Clanranald.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKechnie research.Another 94 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1686, 1694, 1711, 1715, and 1745 are included under the topic Early McKechnie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations
in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, McKechnie has been spelled McEachan, McGeachan, McKechnie, McGeachie and many more.