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This interesting surname is of Old Gaelic origin, and is the Anglicized form of the Gaelic "Mac Cionaodha", composed of the Gaelic prefix "Mac", son of, and a personal name composed of the elements "cion", respect, affection, and "Aodh", the name of a pagan god of fire. The name is chiefly found in Scotland as MacKenna, MacKinna, MacKinney and MacKinnie, particularly in Glasgow, but is also found in Ireland in the Tyrone, Fermanagh area, where some of them are of Scottish descent. The name first appears in records in Scotland inthe mid 15th Century (see below), while other early examples of the surname include William M'Kinnay, a charter witness in Wigtownshire in 1544, and John Mackynnay of Cray, Kirkcudbrightshire, recorded in 1546.

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23andMe DNA results listed Haplogroups R-BY250 and R-M269 for my brother (now deceased) state that our ancestors descended from Niall of the Nine Hostages. I presume this was through our paternal grandmother whose father was David Drew McKinney (ca. 1839-1903) in the southeastern USA. Other known paternal line ancestral surnames are Brown, May, Mercer (descended from Christopher Mercer b. 1621 in Stepney, England), and possibly Staten which appears several times as a middle name and was perhaps the surname of a May wife. Stewart/Stuart also appears as a given name in our paternal line. Known maternal line ancestral surnames are Butler, Bundrick (traced to 1600's in Germany), Fitzgerald, Lacey, and Smith. I know of no famous McKinney ancestors in the USA with the possible exception being Charles G. McKinney who reportedly fathered either 48 or 50 children with 4 women on the same farm; perhaps infamous is a better adjective than famous for him. I, however, have to date been unable to definitively link David Drew McKinney or his wife, Susan A. Brown, to any earlier ancestors and would be grateful to know if they appear among known ancestors of other McKinneys. Both David and Susan died in Jackson County, FL, USA. U. S. Federal Censuses indicate that Susan A. Brown was born ca.1850. She and David married June 1870 in Thomas County, GA according to that county's marriage records. I am curious to know if either, or both, of my brother's DNA Haplogroups appear among other McKinneys. R-BY250 appears in known descendants of the aforementioned Christopher Mercer who was reportedly descended from William Mercer and Thomas Mercer although I am uncertain whether William or Thomas was the earliest ancestor. If so, Christopher Mercer would seem to have a familial connection to the McKinneys and Mays. I believe the Mays and Mercers were Jews (perhaps not openly practicing after the Spanish Inquisition) and likely have common ancestors but began using different surnames at some point, possibly to circumvent consanguinity laws as Jews liked to marry close kin to keep the bloodline 'pure' per a Jewish website (I don't have the link). Both names appear in WW II Nazi concentration camp records, and I found an English Poll Tax record (1650 as I recall) showing a Christopher May whose occupation was listed as "the mercer." Incidentally, I am female with X2c being my Haplogroup which appears among the Druze of the Middle East and may be related to the ancient skeletal remains named Lucy which were found in Africa some years ago. Charlene Georgia, USA

Joan Sanaker

I am visiting Ireland in early December. I would love to do some genealogy research. I have traced the family to Arthur McKinney, b. 1706 in Tyrone, Northern Ireland and d. 29 August 1801. His son Matthew McKinney was born in Kingston, Ulster, New York, USA in 1745. I have not found the trail of migration. Any help is appreciated.

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