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From: Catherine Di Pietro
Subject: Kinney Name Origins
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 1996 16:07:54 -0400

Greetings All,
Regarding the origins of the name Kinney:
From MacLysaght's Irish Families: 
MacKinney/Kinney is an Ulster name of Scottish origin
From Black's surnames of Scotland: 
MacKinney, MacKenna, MacKenney as originating in Wigton-shire in southwest 
Scotland as derived from either:
1) MacCIONAOIT - M'Kinna "son of Cionaod" the name of two families from
Counties Monaghan and Roscommon
2) MacCOINNIG - M'Coinny "son of Coinneac" (fair one) name of a celebrated
Scottish clan - appears also as an Irish surname but anglicized forms cannot
be distinguished from MacCionaoit
From Spencer's Historical Families of America:
The name is spelt in many ways: Kinney, Kenny, Keany, Kilkenny, McKenny, 
Kynard, Kenne, McKinne, McKynnie, Kynnaird, Kinnear, Kynneir, Keny, Kyner,
Kinner, Keney (but we kinda knew this already <grin>)
All these spellings indicate affiliated families, even as late as the 18th 
century.  In American records, the various forms of Kinney, Kenny, Kenney
and Keney, all signify persons of the same descent.
From olden times, the McKinneys have been very common in the Irish counties
of Antrim and Tyrone.  There are still in these parts, persons of the name
Kinnear and many of the name Kenny.  These families have been transplanted 
into Ireland from Scotland; Somersetshire, England and from France.
In remote times, the name Kinnaird was found in the Scottish counties of 
Stirling, Farfar, Aberdeen and Perth.  The name derived from "Caennard", a
local place name signifying "the high head".
There was a Dutch family, descendants of Adrian Pieterse Kenne of Flatlands, 
Long Island, New York.  In 1687, one of the sons, Jacob Kinne, settled on the 
Raritan River valley of New Jersey.
The descendants of Henry Kinne and Ann Putnam(e) of Salem, Massachusetts are
from Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England emigrating to the States in the 1660's.
William de Kyner, first of the family of Kinney of whom there is an authentic
record, lived during the reign of William I "The Lion" of Scotland, 1165 to
1214, and in the records of the famous abbey of Balmerino, in Fifeshire, near
Dundee is mentioned as the proprietor of extensive lands under the abbey 
jurisdiction.  This abbey was named from the ancient village of Balserynach, 
established by Queen Ermengarde, wife of William the Lion.
Descendants of William de Kyner were for generations residents of Balmerino
and benefactors of the abbey, two of them serving as commendetators.
Simon de Kyner, the son of William made several grants of land to the abbey
as did William's grandson Sir John de Kynner, in 1286.
David Kinnier, "of-the-ilk" the eighth in succession from William, was the 
bailie to the abbot of Balmerino.
In 1743, the arms of this family was registered as follows:
Arms  - sable on a bend, or ,three martlets, (or Kinnerie birds) vert.
Crest - two anchors saltire, proper,
Motto - Vive in spe (I live in hope)
Hope this was of interest,


Georgia Kinney Bopp
Revised 9 Feb 2004