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Multiple Origins for the Surname McKen


Scottish


The McKen family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland. The name McKen is derived 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.

McKen Early Origins



The surname McKen 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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McKen Spelling Variations


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McKen Spelling Variations



Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents McKen has been spelled MacIan, MacAne, MacKane, MacKean, MacKain and others.

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McKen Early History


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McKen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKen 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 McKen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McKen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McKen Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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McKen In Ireland


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McKen In Ireland



Some of the McKen 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



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 McKen were among those contributors:

McKen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • James Mc Ken, who arrived in New York in 1905 aboard the ship "Oceanic" from Liverpool, England [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JF4L-227 : 6 December 2014), James Mc Ken, 22 Nov 1905; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Oceanic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • John McKen, aged 42, who arrived in New York in 1920 from Cienfuegos, Cuba [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6FL-XMQ : 6 December 2014), John McKen, 21 Jan 1920; citing departure port Cienfuegos, Cuba, arrival port New York, ship name , NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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Contemporary Notables of the name McKen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McKen (post 1700)



  • Timal McKen, American actor, known for his work in Grand Theft Auto IV (2008), Greenback Boogie (2011) and Angelo's Money (2011)
  • Mark Johnston McKen (1823-1872), South African plant botanical author

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McKen Family Crest Products


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Citations


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  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JF4L-227 : 6 December 2014), James Mc Ken, 22 Nov 1905; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Oceanic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6FL-XMQ : 6 December 2014), John McKen, 21 Jan 1920; citing departure port Cienfuegos, Cuba, arrival port New York, ship name , NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  10. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
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The McKen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKen 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 9 January 2017 at 09:15.

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