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While many of Irish names are quite familiar to most, their original Gaelic forms are often forgotten and mysterious. The original Gaelic form of the name McKinnis is Mag Aonghusa or Mag Aonghuis, which mean "son of Angus."

McKinnis Early Origins



The surname McKinnis was first found in County Down (Irish:An Dún) part of the Province of Ulster, in Northern Ireland, formerly known as county St Mirren, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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McKinnis Spelling Variations


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McKinnis Spelling Variations



Pronunciation, rather than spelling, was what guided scribes and church officials in recording names, a practice that often led to the misleading result of one person's name being recorded under several different spellings. Numerous spelling variations of the surname McKinnis are preserved in documents that were examined for evidence of the family's history. The various spellings of McKinnis included Genis, Guinness, Magennis, Guinnessy, McGuinness and many more.

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McKinnis Early History


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McKinnis Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKinnis research. Another 279 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1539, 1543, 1584, 1640, 1703, 1797, 1798, 1868 and 1759 are included under the topic Early McKinnis History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McKinnis Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McKinnis Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family at this time was Hugo Magennis (d. 1640) who was the Franciscan Bishop of Down and Connor; the second Viscount Iveagh, Brian Magennis who was killed in action in 1703; Richard and Richard the...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McKinnis Notables 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



The 19th century brought a massive reduction in Ireland's population. It seemed that during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s the Irish people had two options: starve or immigrate. Those that chose the later frequently headed for the United States, hopeful for land, work, and equality. Those determined for free land joined the migration west; while others stayed behind to live in urban centers and often work in factories. Still others began a transitory life in work camps, building the bridges, canals, railways, and highways so critical to the rapidly development of the growing industrial nation. Early passenger and immigration lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name McKinnis:

McKinnis Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Maggie McKinnis, aged 33, originally from Dundee, Scotland, who arrived in New York in 1911 aboard the ship "Columbia" from Glasgow, Scotland [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJKR-BMZ : 6 December 2014), Maggie McKinnis, 16 Apr 1911; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Columbia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Clarence M. McKinnis, aged 18, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Lake Felicity" from Matanzas, Cuba [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6FY-W6B : 6 December 2014), Clarence M. McKinnis, 23 Jan 1920; citing departure port Matanzas, Cuba, arrival port New York, ship name Lake Felicity, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

McKinnis Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Lachlan McKinnis, aged 21, a shepherd, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name McKinnis (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McKinnis (post 1700)



  • Joe D. McKinnis, U.S. Navy Squadron Aviation Electronics Technician, eponym of the Antarctic McKinnis Peak
  • Bo McKinnis, American Major League Baseball sports agent
  • Hugh Lee McKinnis Jr. (b. 1948), American former professional NFL and CFL football player
  • Simone McKinnis, Australian former netball player for the Australian National team, current coach of the Melbourne Vixens
  • Robert McKinnis (b. 1953), Canadian professional hockey player

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJKR-BMZ : 6 December 2014), Maggie McKinnis, 16 Apr 1911; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Columbia, 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:J6FY-W6B : 6 December 2014), Clarence M. McKinnis, 23 Jan 1920; citing departure port Matanzas, Cuba, arrival port New York, ship name Lake Felicity, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  6. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  7. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  8. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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The McKinnis Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKinnis 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.

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