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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish

Where did the Scottish McKinney family come from? What is the Scottish McKinney family crest and coat of arms? When did the McKinney family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McKinney family history?

The Scottish name McKinney is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Shimidh, a patronymic from a Gaelic equivalent to the name Simon.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: MacKimmie, Mackhimmie, MacShimmie, MacCammie, MacKymmie, MacKymmey, MacImmey, MacImmie, McKimmie, McShimmie, McCammie, McKynnie, McKymmey, McImmey and many more.

First found in Tweedale in Peebles-shire. They are said to descend from a Norman family from Anjou, in the Seigneurie of La Frezeliere, where their name was Frezell, they were one of the many Norman families invited north by King David of Scotland, and were granted lands at Keith in East Lothian in 1160. The first chief to settle was named Simon Frazer, and his lands were called Keith Simon. Their stronghold was Oliver Castle on the Tweed.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKinney research. Another 467 words(33 lines of text) covering the years 1333, 1542, 1550, 1586, 1590, 1609, 1662, 1641, 1658, 1708 and are included under the topic Early McKinney History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early McKinney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the McKinney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 155 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McKinney Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Christopher McKinney, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

McKinney Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • William McKinney, aged 46, landed in New York in 1812
  • Margaret McKinney, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817
  • George McKinney, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1818
  • Thomas F McKinney, aged 26, arrived in Texas in 1827
  • James McKinney, who arrived in Texas in 1835


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  • William McKinney (1895-1969), American jazz drummer, founder of McKinney's Cotton Pickers in 1926
  • Private John R. McKinney (1921-1997), American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945 during the campaign to recapture the Philippines from Japanese forces
  • Baylus Benjamin McKinney (1886-1952), American singer, songwriter, and music editor
  • Nina Mae McKinney (1913-1967), one of the first African-American film stars
  • Kurt McKinney (b. 1962), American actor
  • Stewart McKinney (1931-1987), American politician
  • Cynthia Ann McKinney (b. 1955), American politician and activist
  • Jimmy McKinney (b. 1983), American professional basketball player and film actor
  • Tamara McKinney (b. 1962), American former World Cup alpine ski racer who won four World Cup season titles
  • William Denison "Bill" McKinney (1931-2011), American character actor

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  • Converging Paths by Thelma D. McKinney.
  • The Family McKinney by Nancy McKinney Sayford.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Je suis prest
Motto Translation: I am ready.

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The McKinney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKinney Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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