Heraldry: McKenna

Title-McKennaEach family connects hundreds of people to form an intricate pattern of ancestors and descendants.  Our origins span the world, our families come from all religions and ways of life.  The common thread of Heraldry links many cultures and establishes the foundations of a Surname before words were a common understanding and images demonstrated a basic understanding to the populace.

This page represents the following Surnames: McKenna.

Heraldry for every family is represented on each page as it has become available through out our research, as a tribute to the historical and evolutionary process that each family has survived. Name definitions are provided for each family as we find a connection to them, through intermarriage or discovery. Scottish, English and Irish families are represented with tartans, badges and other memorabilia as it becomes available to us. We’ve worked very hard at finding the most accurate and appropriate connections for each surname, if you see an error or have more information to add, please contact us via e-mail at CSGS@SnowStones.com.


McKenna Name Meaning

From Gaelic, ‘Son of Cionaodh’, a personal name probably meaning literally ‘beloved of Aodh’.

McKenna Name Meaning and History

Irish and Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Cionaodha or Mac Cionaoith ‘son of Cionaodh’.


Family Motto: Prudentia Et Honor (Prudence And Honour)

Family Crest:   Coat of Arms   Coat of Arms

The second available crest is the McKenna Family Crest of Emyvale, County Monaghan, Ireland, where it is represented on several aged gravestones representing the Clan.

McKenna Family Plaid


The McKenna Family Tartan represented by the The Monaghan County Tartan.

Surname References from:
Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4
Encyclopedia of Surnames, John Ayto, A & C Black Publishers Ltd, ISBN 978 0 7136 8144 4
(Unless otherwise stated)

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