McKinly History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the McKinly family were born. Their name comes from the personal name Finlay. The Gaelic form of the surname is Mac Fionnlaigh, which means son of Finlay. Thus, McKinly is a cognate of the surname Finlayson.

Early Origins of the McKinly family

The surname McKinly 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 McKinly family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKinly research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1511, 1675, and 1700 are included under the topic Early McKinly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McKinly Spelling Variations

In various documents McKinly 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 McKinly family (pre 1700)

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McKinly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the McKinly family to Ireland

Some of the McKinly 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 McKinly migration to the United States +

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 McKinly or a variant listed above include:

McKinly Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jean McKinly, aged 26, who arrived in New York in 1774 [1]
  • Michael McKinly, aged 40, who arrived in New York in 1774 [1]
McKinly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John McKinly, who landed in America in 1809 [1]
  • Barnaby McKinly, aged 27, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • John McKinly, who settled in Philadelphia in 1839
  • James McKinly, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1863 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name McKinly (post 1700) +

  • John McKinly (1721-1796), American politician, Member of Delaware colonial Assembly, 1771-76; Member of Delaware State House of Representatives, 1776-77; President of Delaware, 1777 [2]
  • John McKinly (1721-1796), President of Delaware

The McKinly 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)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook
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