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McWhinnie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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


Early Origins of the McWhinnie family


The surname McWhinnie 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.

Early History of the McWhinnie family


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McWhinnie Spelling Variations


The recording of names in Ireland during the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. Since the general population did not know how to read or write, they could only specify how their names should be recorded orally. Research into the name McWhinnie revealed spelling variations, including MacSweeney, MacSweeny, MacSwine, MacSwiney, MacSwyne, MacSwyny, MacWhinney, MacWhinny, MacWhinnie, MacSwiny, McSweeney, Swiney, Swinney and many more.

Early Notables of the McWhinnie family (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...
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Migration of the McWhinnie family to the New World and Oceana


Irish families left their homeland in astonishing numbers during the 19th century in search of a better life. Although individual reasons vary, most of these Irish families suffered from extreme poverty, lack of work opportunities, and exorbitant rents in their homeland. Many decided to travel to Australia or North America in the hopes of finding greater opportunities and land. The Irish immigrants that came to North America initially settled on the East Coast, often in major centers such as Boston or New York. But like the many other cultures to settle in North America, the Irish traveled to almost any region they felt held greater promise; as a result, many Irish with gold fever moved all the way out to the Pacific coast. Others before that time left for land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula, or the Maritimes as United Empire Loyalists, for many Irish did choose to side with the English during the American War of Independence. The earliest wave of Irish migration, however, occurred during the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the McWhinnie name:

McWhinnie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth McWhinnie, who settled in New York in 1774
  • Jean McWhinnie, aged 30, who arrived in New York in 1775 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

McWhinnie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Kate McWhinnie, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1896 aboard the ship "Anchoria" from Glasgow, Scotland [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX7J-YY4 : 6 December 2014), Kate McWhinnie, 13 Oct 1896; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Anchoria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

McWhinnie Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alexr. McWhinnie, aged 28, originally from Coatbridge, Scotland, arrived in New York in 1909 aboard the ship "Caledonia" from Glasgow, Scotland [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXY6-33F : 6 December 2014), Alexr. McWhinnie, 26 Apr 1909; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Caledonia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Esther McWhinnie, aged 25, originally from Coatbridge, Scotland, arrived in New York in 1909 aboard the ship "Caledonia" from Glasgow, Scotland [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXY6-33N : 6 December 2014), Esther McWhinnie, 26 Apr 1909; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Caledonia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Margaret McA. McWhinnie, aged 25, originally from Hamilton, Scotland, arrived in New York in 1909 aboard the ship "Columbia" from Glasgow, Scotland [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXB5-W3V : 6 December 2014), Margaret McA. McWhinnie, 04 Jul 1909; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Columbia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Donald T Mc Whinnie, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Craycroft" from Matanzas, Cuba [6]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QK-WZ5 : 6 December 2014), Donald T Mc Whinnie, 21 Feb 1919; citing departure port Matanzas, Cuba, arrival port New York, ship name Craycroft, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • William McWhinnie, aged 31, arrived in New York City, New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Giuseppe Verdi" from Naples, Italy [7]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6KL-X3K : 6 December 2014), William McWhinnie, 05 Dec 1921; citing departure port Naples, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Giuseppe Verdi, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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McWhinnie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John McWhinnie, who landed in Canada in 1816

Contemporary Notables of the name McWhinnie (post 1700)


  • Scott McWhinnie, American animator, known for his work on Rio2 (2014), Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)
  • Mary Alice McWhinnie (1922-1980), American biologist, professor at DePaul University, an authority on krill; the first woman to sail for two months in Antarctic waters aboard the NSF's research vessel, USNS Eltanin and the first American woman to serve as chief scientist at an Antarctic research station, eponym of McWhinnie Peak, Antarctica
  • Donald McWhinnie (1920-1987), British Tony Award nominated director, producer and writer, BBC Assistant Head of Sound Drama from 1953, Drama Script Editor 1951-1953, producer Drama Department 1949-1951, and scriptwriter/producer European Division 1945-1949
  • Robert McWhinnie, Canadian co-publisher of the Woodstock Sentinel-Review (1854-1870), son of John McWhinnie
  • John McWhinnie, Scottish-born, Canadian co-publisher of the Woodstock Sentinel-Review (1854-1870)
  • Debbie McWhinnie (b. 1981), Scottish international football striker who currently plays for the Scotland National Team

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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. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX7J-YY4 : 6 December 2014), Kate McWhinnie, 13 Oct 1896; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Anchoria, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXY6-33F : 6 December 2014), Alexr. McWhinnie, 26 Apr 1909; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Caledonia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXY6-33N : 6 December 2014), Esther McWhinnie, 26 Apr 1909; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Caledonia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JXB5-W3V : 6 December 2014), Margaret McA. McWhinnie, 04 Jul 1909; citing departure port Glasgow, arrival port New York, ship name Columbia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  6. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QK-WZ5 : 6 December 2014), Donald T Mc Whinnie, 21 Feb 1919; citing departure port Matanzas, Cuba, arrival port New York, ship name Craycroft, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  7. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6KL-X3K : 6 December 2014), William McWhinnie, 05 Dec 1921; citing departure port Naples, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Giuseppe Verdi, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).


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