The sea-swept Hebrides
islands and the west coast of Scotland
, made up the ancient Dalriadan kingdom, the ancestral home of the McKeehan 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.
Early Origins of the McKeehan family
The surname McKeehan 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.
Early History of the McKeehan family
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McKeehan Spelling Variations
Many spelling variations
of McKeehan 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.
Early Notables of the McKeehan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McKeehan family to Ireland
Some of the McKeehan family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the McKeehan family to the New World and Oceana
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 McKeehan family emigrate to North America: John MacKane settled in Carolina in 1806; Alexander, John, Peter, Thomas MacKane all arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860; James MacKean settled in Carolina in 1767.
Contemporary Notables of the name McKeehan (post 1700)
- Sean McKeehan (b. 1963), American professional baseball player
- Charles Louis McKeehan (1876-1925), United States federal judge
- Michelle McKeehan (b. 1989), American two-time Pan American gold medalist swimmer
- Kevin Michael "Toby" McKeehan (b. 1964), Christian recording artist, producer and songwriter