McKinny History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic form of McKinny was Mac Cionaoith.

Early Origins of the McKinny family

The surname McKinny 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.

Important Dates for the McKinny family

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

McKinny 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 McKinny family name. Variations found include MacKenna, MacKennagh, MacKenney, MacKenny, MacKinna, MacKinnie and many more.

Early Notables of the McKinny family (pre 1700)

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McKinny migration to the United States

During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the McKinny family in North America:

McKinny Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Charles McKinny, who arrived in Maryland in 1809 [1]
  • M McKinny, aged 30, who arrived in America in 1821 [1]
  • William C McKinny, who landed in Texas in 1835 [1]
  • James McKinny, who landed in Texas in 1835 [1]

McKinny migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McKinny Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. John McKinny U.E. who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1784 [2]
McKinny Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Catherine McKinny, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833

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
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