Show ContentsMcKechnie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the McKechnie family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. Their surname comes from /the personal names Eachan and Eochaidh. The Gaelic form of the name is usually Mac Eachainn, meaning son of Eachan. However, The surnames MacGeachie, MacGeachy, and MacKeachie are derived from the Irish surname Mag Eachaidh, an Ulster variant of Mag Eochadha, which means son of Eochaidh. [1]

Early Origins of the McKechnie family

The surname McKechnie was first found in Knoydart, where they were a sept of the MacDonalds, descended from Hector (Gaelic Eachann,) second son of Roderick MacDonald, 3rd of Moydart and Clanranald. [2]

Early History of the McKechnie family

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McKechnie Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the McKechnie family (pre 1700)

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McKechnie Ranking

In the United States, the name McKechnie is the 14,827th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the McKechnie family to Ireland

Some of the McKechnie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Canada McKechnie migration to Canada +

Settlers from Scotland put down roots in communities all along the east coast of North America. Some moved north from the American colonies to Canada as United Empire Loyalists during the American War of Independence. As Clan societies and highland games started in North America in the 20th century many Scots rediscovered parts of their heritage. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name McKechnie were among those contributors:

McKechnie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Arch McKechnie, who landed in Canada in 1821

Australia McKechnie migration to Australia +

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

McKechnie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Daniel McKechnie, Scottish convict who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 10 years, transported aboard the "Elphinstone" on 28th July 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • Mr. William Mckechnie, Scottish convict who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Equestrian" on 27th August 1852, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Island) [5]
  • Mary McKechnie, aged 22, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"

Contemporary Notables of the name McKechnie (post 1700) +

  • Donna McKechnie (b. 1940), American musical theater dancer, singer, actress, and choreographer
  • William Boyd McKechnie (1886-1965), American third baseman, manager and coach in Major League Baseball
  • William G. McKechnie, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 2nd District, 1910, 1912 [6]
  • Ian Hector McKechnie (1941-2015), Scottish footballer who played from 1958 to 1974 and managed Sligo Rovers in 1979
  • Thomas Sharp "Tommy" McKechnie (b. 1940), former Scottish footballer
  • James McKechnie (1826-1886), Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Christina "Licorice" McKechnie (b. 1945), Scottish singer and songwriter
  • Dame Sheila Marshall McKechnie (1948-2004), Scottish trade unionist, housing campaigner and consumer activist
  • Gilbert McKechnie (1845-1930), Scottish-born, Canadian merchant and politician in Ontario
  • Shirley Elizabeth McKechnie AO FAHA (1926-2022), née Gorman, an Australian dancer, choreographer, director and educator, born in Melbourne, awarded the Kenneth Myer Medallion for the Performing Arts in 1993, recipient of a lifetime achievement award at the Australian Dance Awards in 2001
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  2. 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)
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 23rd March 2022). Retrieved from
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th May 2022).
  6. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 24) . Retrieved from
  7. HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from on Facebook