The Maginley family comes from the ancient Scottish Dalriadan clans of the mountainous west coast of Scotland
. The name Maginley is derived from the personal name Finlay.
The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Fionnlaigh,
which means son of Finlay.
Thus, Maginley is a cognate of the surname Finlayson.
Early Origins of the Maginley family
The surname Maginley 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 Maginley family
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Maginley Spelling Variations
Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations
of Maginley include MacKinley, MacKinlay, MacKindlay, MacKinly, MacKindley and many more.
Early Notables of the Maginley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Maginley family to Ireland
Some of the Maginley family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Maginley family to the New World and Oceana
The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence
, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Maginley arrived in North America very early: Alexander, John and Richard McKinlay, who settled in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860; Alexander, David, Denis, George, Hugh, James, John, Mary, Samuel, Thomas and William McKinley all arrived in Philadelphia between 1800 and 1870.
The Maginley 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 Translation: I love.