McKenna (name)

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McKenna, also MacKenna and Mackenna, is the anglicized form of the Gaelic Irish surname "Mac Cionaoith", also spelt Mac Cionaodha or Mac Cionnaith, meaning "son of Cionnaith" or of the Scottish surname, from Galloway, "MacCionaodha".[1]

The historical lineage of the McKennas lies in Truagh, County Monaghan, Ulster, Ireland, where they were "The Lords Of Truagh" and the McKenna coat of arms can be seen on many of the graves from members of the family.[citation needed]

In North Kerry Mckenna is considered to come from Mac Ginea.[citation needed] The Cionnath, Cionaoith, Cionaddha forms are considered there to be sources of names like Kenny, Kenney and Kennedy.

Notable people with the surname McKenna[edit]

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  1. ^ "The Surnames of Scotland: Their Origin, Meaning, and History - George Fraser Black - Google Books". Retrieved 2016-04-26.
  2. ^ "Prof Gerry McKenna, DL, MRIA Authorised Biography | Debrett's People of Today". 1953-12-10. Archived from the original on 2016-03-15. Retrieved 2016-04-26.