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This interesting name found both in Scotland and Ireland is an anglicized form of the Olde Scots Gaelic Mac Cionaodha. The Gaelic prefix 'mac' means 'son of', plus the personal byname Cionaodha, composed of the elements 'cion', love, and Aodh, fire, (originally the name of a pagan god). This personal name has been variously interpreted as 'Beloved of Aodh', 'Ardent Love' and 'Firesprung'! Further anglicized patronymic forms include Mc Kinn(e)y, McKinie, McKe(a)ney, McKenna and McKinna. In 1513 one, Donald M'Kenye of Kilravock was accused of taking part in a 'hership' i.e. the carrying off of cattle by force, and in 1544 William M'Kinnay ,a Charter Witness in Wigtownshire, was recorded in 'The Great Seal of Scotland'...

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