McNinch History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the McNinch family

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.

Early History of the McNinch family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McNinch research. Another 155 words (11 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.

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.

Early Notables of the McNinch family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the McNinch family to Ireland

Some of the McNinch family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 71 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States McNinch 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 McNinchs to arrive on North American shores:

McNinch Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John McNinch, aged 47, who landed in South Carolina in 1812 [1]
  • Samuel McNinch, who arrived in South Carolina in 1818-1823 [1]
  • James McNinch, who arrived in South Carolina in 1818 [1]
  • 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 immigrated to the United States from Ballycartan, Ireland, in 1912
  • William McNinch, aged 31, who immigrated to the United States from Ballycartan, Ireland, in 1912
  • James McNinch, aged 28, who immigrated to America, in 1918
  • Robert McNinch, aged 19, who landed in America, in 1924

Canada McNinch migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McNinch Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Arthur McNinch, aged 29, who immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in 1920

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
  • Walter B. McNinch, American politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 40th District, 1930, 1930, 1934; Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 35th District, 1932
  • Samuel S. McNinch, American Republican politician,Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, 1905-07; Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1912
  • Frank R. McNinch, American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State Legislature; Mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina, 1917-20

The McNinch 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

  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) on Facebook
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