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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.

McKechnie Early Origins



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.

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McKechnie Spelling Variations


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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.

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McKechnie Early History


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McKechnie Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKechnie research. Another 229 words (16 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.

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McKechnie Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McKechnie Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McKechnie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McKechnie In Ireland


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McKechnie In Ireland



Some of the McKechnie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 148 words (11 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McKechnie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Arch McKechnie, who landed in Canada in 1821

McKechnie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mary McKechnie, aged 22, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Admiral Boxer"

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Contemporary Notables of the name McKechnie (post 1700)


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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 Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 2nd District, 1910, 1912
  • 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 (b. 1845), Scottish-born, Canadian merchant and politician in Ontario
  • John Roderick McKechnie (b. 1950), Justice of the Supreme Court of Western Australia
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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McKechnie Historic Events


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McKechnie Historic Events




HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Glen Morton McKechnie (1922-1941), Australian Ordinary Seaman from Seacliff, South Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

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McKechnie Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    2. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    3. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
    4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    7. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    11. ...

    The McKechnie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKechnie 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 14 June 2016 at 23:00.

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