The ancestors of the McKechnie family come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. Their surname comes from /the personal names Eachan
The Gaelic form of the name is usually Mac Eachainn,
meaning son of Eachan.
However, The surnames MacGeachie, MacGeachy,
are derived from the Irish surname Mag Eachaidh,
variant of Mag Eochadha,
which means son of Eochaidh.
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.
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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Migration of the McKechnie family to 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.
Migration of the McKechnie family to the New World and Oceana
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, 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 Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Massachusetts 2nd District, 1910, 1912 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 24) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- 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.)
Historic Events for the McKechnie family
- Mr. Glen Morton McKechnie (1922-1941), Australian Ordinary Seaman from Seacliff, South Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking CITATION[CLOSE]
HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp