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SPELLING VARIATIONS CHART
Names found in documents (reported by various researchers)
Georgia Kinney Bopp
Revised 12 June 2007

Prefix (1)

 

If suffix, may not be capitalized; e.g., McK --- or Mck --- (2)

Cil*

De

Kil

M'

Ma
Mac
Mack

Mc

Me

Mic

O'

 

Aneany
Eneany

Caney
Canna
Canne
Canney
Canny

Ceney
Cenne
Cenny

Chainnigh *
Cheeney
Cheeny
Chennie
Chine

Cianaigh *
Cianch *
Cineadh*
Cinne
Cinney
Cionn
Cionnaoith *

Coinnigh *
Connie
Coone

Cunnie
Cunny

Ginnie

Hainey
Hane
Haney
Heeney
Hene
Heuny

Innish

Kajne
Kane

Kean
Keane
Keaney
Keanie
Keany
Keayne
Kechnie
Keen
Keene
Keeney
Keenie
Keeny
Keigne
Keine
Kemma
Kendey
Kene
Kenea
Keney
Kenie
Kening
Keninge
Kenna
Kennan
Kenne
Kennee
Kenney
Kenninge
Kennon
Kenny
Keny
Kenye
Kenyes
Kenzie
Keyney
Keyny

Kiene
Kimme
Kimmey
Kine
Kiney
Kini
Kinie
Kinna
Kinnah
Kinnan
Kinnianta
Kinne
Kinnee
Kinnen
Kinner
Kinney
Kinnhy
Kinnie
Kinnion
Kinnish
Kinnry
Kinny
Kiny






Kneye

Konne

Kyney
Kynne

Quinny

 

* Gaelic

Other Remarks

Some spellings are due to indexing of handwritten material; for example, the "e" in Kinney looked like an "r" and the indexer entered "Kinnery."

The De variation (De Kenne) is reported as being a Norman family that settled in County Somerset in the 1300's.

The Kiene variation is reported as German.

The following is from Raymond Kinney (minor edit; colors added). If the five spelling variations represent five distinct surname pronunciations, this is an example of how five different Scottish surnames in 1652 could have evolved over time into one or more of the contemporary McK variations. However, there's no certainty the spellings indicate separate surnames. For example, in her Henry & Anne Kinne book (see publications), Robertson writes, "In a deed given by Henry Kinne, the name is spelled six different ways in the same document."

"SCOTCH PRISONERS SENT TO MASSACHUSETTS IN 1652, BY ORDER OF THE ENGLISH GOVERNMENT.
A list of the passengers aboard the John and Sarah of London John Greene Mr. bound for New Englan[d][a list of 263 names given, among them:]

... Dani** Mackajne, Senly Mackonne, Daniel Mackhan, Alester Mackhene, John Mackane, Patricke Mackane, Robt Mackajne, Wm Mackajne, Samuell Mackajne, Wm Mackajne, Robt Mackhane, ...

The persons afore named passed from hence in the ship afore mentioned and are according to order Registed heare,
Dat. Search office, Grauesend [Gravesend] 8th Nouember, 1651.
Giles Barrow, Edw. Pelling, & John Morris, Searchers

Jn the Jno. & Sara of London John Greene mr. for New England: Robt. Rich mrt. Jronworke household stuffe & other provisions for Planters and scotch prisoners free by ordnance of Parliament dat 20th October 1651."

See Also

Kenny Surname
"Kilkenny" Line Of Kennys
Mc, Mac, and 'O
off site - Pre-American History of the Keeney Surname

(1) Your family may be recorded with and with out a prefix. For example, "My ggrandfather wrote on one document his mother's name was Mary Kenney, the other Mary Kenny. His death certificate showed McKennon, funeral home's McKinnion." ~ Ray MacDonald, searching a Nova Scotia line; he can be found on the RootsWeb KENNY (see Mailing Lists and Message Boards).

(2) You may think many of these names would not apply to your family but see the variations a McKenney researcher found in documents while researching her family (those variations are included in the above chart). And one researcher reports his ancestor used both McInnish and McKinney.


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