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The age-old Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the McNinch family. Their name comes from the personal name Angus. The Gaelic form of the name, Mac Aonguis, translates as son of Angus. Angus refers to the Pictish King Onnust who died in the year 761.

While there are no direct links with this King in the history of the Clan or surname, there is a conjectural line, which may be adopted. The lands descended into the Barony of Innes in the County of Elginshire. However, the son or sons of Angus, originally from the Kingdom of Dalriada, were one of the three kindred houses, of the kingdom, the other two houses being the Gabran (the largest) and Lornetach which provided fighting men for the defense of the Kingdom of early Scots. For every twenty homes owned, they were obliged to provide two galleys, and so Angus, having 430 houses, provided a fleet of approximately forty galleys for the defense of the waters of Dalriada, generally those estuaries around the mouth of the Clyde.

McNinch Early Origins



The surname McNinch was first found in Morven, their earliest known territory. In 1230, the Clan suffered from King Alexander II's campaign against Argyll. The Clan, however, retained their castle Kinlochaline, which stands upon strategic rock in Morvern. A massive castle by early standards, today it is in ruins.

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McNinch Spelling Variations


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McNinch Spelling Variations



Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, McNinch has been spelled MacInnes, MacInnis, MacAngus and many more.

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McNinch Early History


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McNinch Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McNinch research. Another 290 words (21 lines of text) covering the year 1358 is included under the topic Early McNinch History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McNinch Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McNinch Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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McNinch In Ireland


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McNinch In Ireland



Some of the McNinch family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 169 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



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 Ameri ca. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first McNinchs to arrive on North American shores:

McNinch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John McNinch, aged 47, landed in South Carolina in 1812
  • Samuel McNinch, who arrived in South Carolina in 1818-1823
  • James McNinch, who arrived in South Carolina in 1818
  • John R. McNinch, aged 26, who landed in America, in 1893
  • Marie McNinch, aged 22, who settled in America from Belfast, in 1894

McNinch Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • James Watt McNinch, aged 23, who landed in America from Belfast, Ireland, in 1911
  • Jane McNinch, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States from Ballycartan, Ireland, in 1912
  • William McNinch, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from Ballycartan, Ireland, in 1912
  • James McNinch, aged 28, who emigrated to America, in 1918
  • Robert McNinch, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1924

McNinch Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Arthur McNinch, aged 29, who emigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1920

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Contemporary Notables of the name McNinch (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McNinch (post 1700)



  • Dianne McNinch, American actress, known for her work on The Five (2012) and Better Half (2015)
  • Adam McNinch, American production assistant, known for his work on Real Steel (2011), Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) and Fantastic Four (2015)
  • Frank Ramsay McNinch (1873-1950), American politician, Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, Chairman of the Federal Power Commission, and Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission

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Motto



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: MacAonghais a-rithist
Motto Translation: Again MacInnes


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
    2. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    3. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    8. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    10. Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3).
    11. ...

    The McNinch Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McNinch 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 18 November 2015 at 08:45.

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