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  • Albert Edward McKenna (1882 - 1917)
    Rifleman in NZRB, file number 46891. Son of Peter James and Selina Mary McKenna, of Hastings St., Nelson. Native of Westport, Greymouth.== Sources ==# New Zealand and World War One Roll of Honour: / Re...
  • Catherine Rose Kelley (1859 - 1919)
  • Edith Reed McKenna (1876 - 1956)
  • Mary Ann Knash (1867 - 1922)
  • Terence McKenna (1946 - 2000)
    Terence Kemp McKenna (November 16, 1946 – April 3, 2000) was an American ethnobotanist, mystic, psychonaut, lecturer, author, and an advocate for the responsible use of naturally occurring psychedeli...

About the McKenna surname

McKenna, also MacKenna, is the anglicized form of the Gaelic Irish surname "Mac Cionaoith", also spelt Mac Cionaodha or Mac Cionnaith, meaning "son of Cionaodh". The meaning of "Cionaodh" can be translated, Cion being an old Irish word for respect and affection, and "aodh" Aodh, a Gaelic personal name, originally the name of the Celtic god of fire. The personal name probably means "beloved of Aodh."

The historical lineage of the McKennas lies in Truagh, County Monaghan, 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.

Today the spelling McKenna may vary such as Mikenna, Mackenna, Macenna, Makenna and Mckenna.