Show ContentsMacKinlay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

On the Scottish west coast, the MacKinlay family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the personal name Finlay. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Fionnlaigh, which means son of Finlay. Thus, MacKinlay is a cognate of the surname Finlayson.

Early Origins of the MacKinlay family

The surname MacKinlay was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland, 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.

Early History of the MacKinlay family

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MacKinlay Spelling Variations

In various documents MacKinlay has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. MacKinley, MacKinlay, MacKindlay, MacKinly, MacKindley and many more.

Early Notables of the MacKinlay family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the MacKinlay family to Ireland

Some of the MacKinlay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States MacKinlay migration to the United States +

Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

MacKinlay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John MacKinlay, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]
  • George MacKinlay, who landed in New York, NY in 1811 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name MacKinlay (post 1700) +

  • Leila Antionette Sterling Mackinlay (1910-1996), British writer of romance novels, 7th Chairman of the Romantic Novelists' Association (1973-1975)
  • Craig Mackinlay (b. 1967), British Eurosceptic politician, Leader of UK Independence Party in 1997
  • Andrew Stuart MacKinlay (b. 1949), British Labour Party politician, Member of Parliament for Thurrock (1992-2010)
  • Andrew Ian MacKinlay (b. 1967), former South African cricketer
  • James Mackinlay, English rugby union international
  • MacKinlay Kantor (1904-1977), American novelist and screenwriter who won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1956

The MacKinlay Motto +

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: Amo
Motto Translation: I love.

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook