McKone History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hundreds of years ago, the Gaelic name used by the McKone family in Ireland was Mac Eogain in Connacht, and Mac Eoin in east Ulster. Both of these names connote a "son of John," or "son of Owen." [1]

Early Origins of the McKone family

The surname McKone was first found in County Sligo (Irish: Sligeach), in the province of Connacht in Northwestern Ireland, where the first people to use this surname are thought to have originated. Soon thereafter, the name was also found in neighboring Leitrim.

Early History of the McKone family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKone research. Another 84 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McKone History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McKone Spelling Variations

Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name McKone dating from that time include Keon, MacKeon, MacKeown, MacKewan, MacKoun, MacWing, Hone, MacOwen, Mageown and many more.

Early Notables of the McKone family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early McKone Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States McKone migration to the United States +

To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name McKone or a variant listed above, including:

McKone Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hugh McKone, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1812 [2]

Australia McKone migration to Australia +

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

McKone Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Margaret McKone, aged 25, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Glentanner"

Contemporary Notables of the name McKone (post 1700) +

  • John McKone (1835-1882), Australian cricketer who played three first-class matches for New South Wales between 1855 and 1858
  • Michael "Mike" McKone, British comic book artist, known for his work with DC Comics and Marvel


  1. ^ Moore, A.W., Manx Names. London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1906. Print
  2. ^ 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)


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