The surname McElhlnney comes from the Irish Mac Glolla Chainnigh,. meaning the son of a servant or devotee of St. Canice, also known as St. Kenny. The place name Kilkenny, is also derived from the saint, in Irish it Is Cill Chainnigh, meaning the church of St. Canice.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Kilkenny, MacKilkenny. MacElhinny, MacElheeny.
Macllhenny and many more. First found in County Derry, where the sept was of the Cenel Eoghain group. The St Canice of whom they were originally followers, came from Dromachose, Derry. One of the earliest records of the name Is of David de Kilkenny, who was Bishop of Achonry, County Sligo from 1312-1344.
Some of the first US settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: a Mic Kilkeny, who settled in the Red River Settlement in Canada in 1812: Edward Kilkenny, who was listed as a British Alien in New York during the War of 1812.
Modern American Representation of Family Crest
Ancient Irish Family Crest
Mac Giolla Chainnigh Family Crest
Modern American Representation of Family Crest (2)
Scottish McElhinney of Family Crest