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The sea-swept Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the McKeen 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.

McKeen Early Origins



The surname McKeen 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.

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McKeen Spelling Variations


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McKeen Spelling Variations



Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. McKeen has been written as MacIan, MacAne, MacKane, MacKean, MacKain and others.

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McKeen Early History


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McKeen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKeen research. Another 301 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1292, 1340, 1618, 1717, 1777, 1808, and 1875 are included under the topic Early McKeen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McKeen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McKeen Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McKeen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McKeen In Ireland


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McKeen In Ireland



Some of the McKeen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 178 words (13 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



Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name McKeen or a variant listed above:

McKeen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuel McKeen, who arrived in New England in 1718
  • Janet McKeen, who arrived in New England in 1718
  • William McKeen, who landed in South Carolina in 1772

McKeen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert McKeen, aged 40, landed in New York in 1812
  • James McKeen, aged 38, landed in Maine in 1812

McKeen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • G. McKeen, who emigrated to the United States, in 1903
  • J. McKeen, aged 40, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
  • F. McKeen, aged 44, who landed in America, in 1906
  • Robert McKeen, aged 22, who emigrated to America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1907
  • Susan McKeen, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Ennistynion, Ireland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McKeen Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Marian McKeen, aged 24, who settled in Ottawa, Canada, in 1911
  • Sarah McKeen, aged 60, who emigrated to Ottawa, Canada, in 1911
  • John McKeen, aged 67, who emigrated to Halifax, Canada, in 1915
  • Agnes McKeen, aged 25, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1920
  • John C. McKeen, aged 22, who emigrated to Halifax, Canada, in 1921

McKeen Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Maria McKeen arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848
  • Mary McKeen arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Bolton" in 1848
  • John McKeen, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "John Bunyan"
  • Thomas McKeen, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Sea Park"

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Contemporary Notables of the name McKeen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McKeen (post 1700)



  • H. Boyd McKeen (1835-1864), American regimental leader during the American Civil War
  • Shea McKeen (b. 1986), American football player
  • Joseph McKeen (1757-1807), first American president of Bowdoin College of Brunswick, Maine
  • William McKeen, American professor
  • James McKeen (1860-1944), American psychologist
  • Allyn McKeen (1905-1978), American football player and coach
  • William R. McKeen Jr., American inventor of the track motorcar founder and president of McKeen Motor Car Company
  • Angus McKeen (b. 1969), retired Irish rugby union footballer
  • Charles Milton McKeen, Canadian provincial politician from Alberta
  • Stanley Stewart McKeen (1897-1966), Canadian businessman and politician in British Columbia
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    4. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
    5. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    6. Catholic Directory For Scotland. Glasgow: Burns Publications. Print.
    7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    8. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    9. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    11. ...

    The McKeen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKeen 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 12 July 2014 at 22:40.

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