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Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name McWhinney is Mac Suibhne, which is derived from the word "suibhne," which means "pleasant."

McWhinney Early Origins



The surname McWhinney was first found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel. The name is derived from Suibhne O'Neill, who was a chieftain in Argyll, Scotland. His descendants migrated to Ireland as gallowglasses (mercenaries) prior to 1267. The three great septs of this name finally established themselves in Tirconnell in 14th century; they were known as MacSweeney Fanad, MacSweeney Banagh, and MacSweeney na dTuath, who were commonly referred to as 'MacSweeney of the Battleaxes.' They later became attached to the MacCarthys in the south and acquired their own territories and castles in Muskerry in County Cork.

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McWhinney Spelling Variations


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McWhinney Spelling Variations



Many spelling variations of the surname McWhinney can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include MacSweeney, MacSweeny, MacSwine, MacSwiney, MacSwyne, MacSwyny, MacWhinney, MacWhinny, MacWhinnie, MacSwiny, McSweeney, Swiney, Swinney and many more.

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McWhinney Early History


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McWhinney Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McWhinney research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1299 and 1310 are included under the topic Early McWhinney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McWhinney Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McWhinney Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family at this time was John MacSween, a 13th-14th century nobleman who lost his lands in Scotland after the defeat of the forces and death of Alexander Og MacDonald, Lord of Islay in 1299. In...

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McWhinney Notables 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



A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North Ameri ca. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the McWhinney name:

McWhinney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John McWhinney, who settled in Virginia in 1805
  • Isa, and John McWhinney, who settled in Virginia in 1805
  • Isa McWhinney, who arrived in America in 1805
  • William McWhinney, who settled in Charleston in 1822
  • John McWhinney, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

McWhinney Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Andrew McWhinney (aged 27) arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Gomelza"
  • Andrew McWhinney (aged 22) arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Gomelza"
  • James McWhinney (aged 25) arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Gomelza"

McWhinney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Hugh McWhinney, aged 25, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865
  • Ann McWhinney, aged 23, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Resolute" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name McWhinney (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McWhinney (post 1700)



  • Thomas A. McWhinney (1863-1933), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly, 1915-23
  • Robert McWhinney, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Allegheny County, 1897-1906
  • Lidie McWhinney, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1924
  • Harry E. McWhinney, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1932
  • Ian Renwick McWhinney OC, FRCGP, FCFP, FRCP, (1926-2012), English physician and academic known as the "Father of Family Medicine" for his work at the University of Western Ontario
  • Peter J. McWhinney (1956-1993), Australian professional golfer on the Japan Golf Tour from 1993 to 1999
  • Edward Watson "Ted" McWhinney QC (1924-1993), Australian-born, Canadian lawyer, academic and politician, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra (1993-2000)

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    2. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    3. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    4. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. 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.
    10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    11. ...

    The McWhinney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McWhinney 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.

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