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Where did the Scottish McKinlay family come from? What is the Scottish McKinlay family crest and coat of arms? When did the McKinlay family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McKinlay family history?The McKinlay family history stretches back to the clans of the Dalriadan kingdom on the sea-swept Hebrides islands and mountainous western coast of Scotland. The name McKinlay is derived from the personal name Finlay. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Fionnlaigh, which means son of Finlay. Thus, McKinlay is a cognate of the surname Finlayson.
Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. McKinlay has been written as MacKinley, MacKinlay, MacKindlay, MacKinly, MacKindley and many more.
First found in Perthshire, where the surname is still commonly found around Glenlyon and Balquhidder. The earliest known record of the name is from 1493, when Gillaspyk M'Kynlay witnessed legal proceedings involving Archibald, Earl of Argyll.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKinlay research. Another 211 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1511, 1675, and 1700 are included under the topic Early McKinlay History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 32 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McKinlay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the McKinlay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 176 words(13 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name McKinlay or a variant listed above include:
McKinlay Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
McKinlay Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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 Translation: I love.
The McKinlay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKinlay 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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