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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 (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.
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 United States in the 17th Century
- Neil McKinlay, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685
McKinlay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John McKinlay, aged 55, landed in New York, NY in 1812-1813
- Peter McKinlay, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1830
- Janet McKinlay, who arrived in America in 1832
- Alexander, John and Richard McKinlay, who settled in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860
McKinlay Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Donald McKinlay, aged 36, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
- Margaret McKinlay, aged 32, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
- John McKinlay, aged 2, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
- Donald McKinlay, aged 36, a labourer, arrived in Saint John NB aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
- Margaret McKinlay, aged 32, arrived in Saint John NB aboard the ship "Favourite" in 1815
McKinlay Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Robert McKinlay arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Emily" in 1849
- William McKinlay, aged 21, a labourer, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1850
- William McKinlay, aged 21, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Sultana"
- James McKinlay, aged 25, a joiner, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo"
- Andrew McKinlay, aged 22, a joiner, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
McKinlay Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- George McKinlay, aged 36, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
- Fanny McKinlay, aged 35, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
- Rosanna McKinlay, aged 17, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
- Mary McKinlay, aged 16, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
- Rodger McKinlay, aged 14, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
- John Dickinson McKinlay (1932-2013), American Olympic silver medalist rower in the 1956 Olympics, participant in the 1952 Olympics, twin brother to "Art" McKinlay
- Adeline McKinlay, American tennis player
- Duncan E. McKinlay (1862-1914), U.S. Representative from California
- Arthur "Art" Frank McKinlay (1932-2009), American Olympic silver medalist rower in the 1956 Olympics, participant in the 1952 Olympics, twin brother to John Dickson McKinlay
- William J. McKinlay, American Republican politician, Delegate to South Carolina State Constitutional Convention from Orangeburg County, 1868; Member of South Carolina State House of Representatives, 1868-69
- William McKinlay, American politician, Delegate to South Carolina State Constitutional Convention from Charleston County, 1868
- Robert W. McKinlay, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1920
- John McKinlay, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 7th District, 1900
- Duncan E. McKinlay (1862-1914), American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for California, 1896; U.S. Representative from California 2nd District, 1905-11
- John Robert Vickers McKinlay (1928-2003), Scottish international speedway rider
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.
- Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
- Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
- Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
- Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
- Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
- Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
- Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
- Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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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