McKinna History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic form of McKinna was Mac Cionaoith.

Early Origins of the McKinna family

The surname McKinna was first found in County Monaghan (Irish: Muineachán) located in the Northern part of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Ulster, at Truagh where they were known as the Lords of Truagh.

Early History of the McKinna family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKinna research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1544 is included under the topic Early McKinna History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McKinna Spelling Variations

Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name McKinna family name. Variations found include MacKenna, MacKennagh, MacKenney, MacKenny, MacKinna, MacKinnie and many more.

Early Notables of the McKinna family (pre 1700)

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United States McKinna migration to the United States +

Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name McKinna:

McKinna Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel McKinna, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823 [1]

Canada McKinna migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McKinna Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Johanna McKinna, who settled in Harbour Grace Parish in 1831
  • Reverend James McKinna, who settled in St. John's Newfoundland in 1833 [2]
  • John McKinna sometimes known as "McKenna" settled in Harbour Grace in 1868

New Zealand McKinna migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

McKinna Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Peter Mckinna, (b. 1841), aged 23, British ploughman travelling from London aboard the ship "Glenmark" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st January 1865 [3]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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