McKinnon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the McKinnon family were born. Their name comes 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.

Early Origins of the McKinnon family

The surname McKinnon was 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.

Important Dates for the McKinnon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKinnon research. Another 148 words (11 lines of text) covering the year 1745 is included under the topic Early McKinnon History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McKinnon Spelling Variations

Spelling variations are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. McKinnon has been spelled MacKinnon, MacKinning, MacInnon, MacKinnen, MacFingon and many more.

Early Notables of the McKinnon family (pre 1700)

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McKinnon migration to the United States

Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North America. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first McKinnons to arrive on North American shores:

McKinnon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Archibald McKinnon, aged 40, who landed in Georgia in 1775 [1]
McKinnon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles McKinnon, aged 23, who arrived in South Carolina in 1812 [1]
  • Duncan McKinnon, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Hugh McKinnon, who landed in New York in 1812 [1]
  • John McKinnon, aged 44, who landed in North Carolina in 1812 [1]
  • Laughlan McKinnon, aged 50, who arrived in South Carolina in 1812 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McKinnon migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McKinnon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Sgt. Gregor McKinnon U.E. (b. 1749) born in Isle of Skye, Scotland from North Carolina, USA who settled in York County, New Brunswick c. 1784, then relocated to Glenelg, Northumberland County, New Brunswick he served in the Royal North Carolina Volunteers, married twice having 8 children, he died in 1837 [2]
McKinnon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Angus McKinnon, aged 12, who arrived in Canada in 1812
  • Effie McKinnon, aged 6, who arrived in Canada in 1812
  • Isabella McKinnon, aged 14, who arrived in Canada in 1812
  • Mary McKinnon, aged 23, who landed in Canada in 1812
  • John McKinnon, aged 25, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McKinnon migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

McKinnon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Donald McKinnon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840 [3]
  • Mary McKinnon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840 [3]
  • Geoffrey McKinnon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840 [3]
  • Archibald McKinnon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840 [3]
  • Catherine McKinnon, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Tomatin" in 1840 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McKinnon 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:

McKinnon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John McKinnon, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blenheim" in 1840
  • Mr. McKinnon, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "John Phillips" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand in April 1852 [4]
  • Mr. Neil McKinnon, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Sevilla" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1859 [5]
  • Mrs. McKinnon, Scottish settler with 2 sons and 7 daughters travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Sevilla" arriving in Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 2nd December 1859 [5]
  • Mr. William McKinnon, Scottish settler travelling from Glasgow aboard the ship "Storm Cloud" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 30th July 1861 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name McKinnon (post 1700)

  • Daniel Duncan McKinnon (1927-2017), American bronze medalist ice hockey player for the American national team at the 1956 Winter Olympics
  • Ray McKinnon (b. 1957), American actor, screenwriter, film director and producer from Adel, Georgia
  • Dennis Lewis McKinnon (b. 1961), former professional American NFL football wide receiver
  • Kate McKinnon (b. 1984), born Kate McKinnon Berthold, American actress and comedian, best known for her sketch comedy work on Saturday Night Live
  • Alexander J. McKinnon (1856-1887), American Major League Baseball first baseman
  • Rob McKinnon (b. 1966), Scottish former football left back from Glasgow
  • Ray McKinnon (b. 1970), Scottish football player and manager from Dundee
  • Ronald "Ronnie" McKinnon (b. 1940), Scottish professional footballer for the Scottish national team
  • Angus McKinnon (1886-1968), Scottish footballer
  • John Kenneth McKinnon (1936-2019), Canadian politician, Commissioner of the Yukon (1986–1995)
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the McKinnon family

Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Maggie Louise  McKinnon, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]
  • Mr. Donald  McKinnon (1892-1917), Scottish Seaman aboard the SS Curaca from Barra, Scotland, United Kingdom who died in the explosion [6]
  • Mr. Donald  McKinnon (1894-1917), Scottish Seaman aboard the SS Curaca from Barra, Scotland, United Kingdom who died in the explosion [6]
  • Miss Marguerite Louise  McKinnon (1915-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]
  • Master Hector Eugene  McKinnon Jr. (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [6]
Hillcrest Coal Mine
  • Mr. Steve McKinnon (1878-1914), Canadian Miner from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse [7]
  • Mr. John B McKinnon (1864-1914), Canadian Miner from Nova Scotia, Canada who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse [7]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mrs. Jeanie Mckinnon, Scottish 2nd Class passenger residing in Toronto, Ontario, Canada returning to Scotland, to help nurse wounded, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [8]

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Citations

  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. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) TOMATIN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Tomatin.htm
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  7. ^ List Of Miners - Hillcrest Mine Disaster Data. (Retrieved 2014, June 24) . Retrieved from http://www.hillcrestminedisaster.com/data/index.php?title=List_Of_Miners
  8. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
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