Hey all, I have hit a dead end. I am trying like hell to figure out the origin of my husband's surname. I have seen it written as Mackender, Machinder and McKinder (this is usually an American corruption) in historical records. Mackinders are highly concentrated in Lincolnshire, back to about the 1600s.
That's about as far as I get. I am guessing it's a corruption/offshoot of a Scottish surname, but damned if I can figure out which one. One spurious source claims it's derived from the "ancient Gaelic" Mac en Dior, meaning "Son of Pilgrim".
The site goes on to say the name is related to the names McIndeor/MacIndewar/Mackindewar recorded with various spellings.
Does anyone know if this information is remotely accurate? I can see how MacKinder could be easily corrupted from MacEntyre as well. If anyone has solid information on this, I would really appreciate it!