McKane, McKain, McKeen, McKean, McCain, McCane, Antrim, Donegal, Tyrone, New Brunswick, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Arizona, California, New England, Texas, Mississippi, the Carolinas, Argyll, Ireland, Ulster, Scotland...
Very interesting Barra, who were these families?
a literal answer would be lengthy and full of footnotes, but the facts briefly; the McCains show us using our surname in 1434, then we can follow the use of the surname to the present from then. The first two men we can find are (in Gaelic) Eain Mac Eain and Gill'Easpuig Mac Eain in 1434, next is who we think is the son of Eain, i.e. Ailean Mac Eain Riabhach, then his son Donnchadh Mac Eain. Those are the members of the family in the 1400s that we can locate records on. Post 1500 it becomes much easier to tract them. The places indicated on the map correspond to where they lived. All this will be in my next book. A lot of the original records are now on line now, most pre 1500 are in Latin. I have had the abstracts in English for some time, very nice to get the actual documents in Latin.
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