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Where did the Scottish McKinnion family come from? What is the Scottish McKinnion family crest and coat of arms? When did the McKinnion family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McKinnion family history?

The old Scottish-Dalriadan name McKinnion is derived from the Gaelic personal name Findgaine. This is derived from the earlier forms Finghin and Finnguine. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Fhionghuin or Mac Fhionnghain.

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Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations of McKinnion include MacKinnon, MacKinning, MacInnon, MacKinnen, MacFingon and many more.

First found in on the Isles of Mull and Skye, 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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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKinnion research. Another 295 words(21 lines of text) covering the year 1745 is included under the topic Early McKinnion History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early McKinnion Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The McKinnion were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: John MacKinnon, who came to Nova Scotia in 1767; Allan MacKinnen, who settled in Prince Edward Island in 1772; Emily MacKinnon, who settled in Prince Edward Island in 1774.

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Audentes fortuna juvat
Motto Translation: Fortune favours the bold

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The McKinnion Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKinnion 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 14 September 2011 at 09:32.

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