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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish

Where did the Scottish McKinney family come from? What is the Scottish McKinney family crest and coat of arms? When did the McKinney family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the McKinney family history?

The Scottish name McKinney is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Shimidh, a patronymic from a Gaelic equivalent to the name Simon.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: MacKimmie, Mackhimmie, MacShimmie, MacCammie, MacKymmie, MacKymmey, MacImmey, MacImmie, McKimmie, McShimmie, McCammie, McKynnie, McKymmey, McImmey and many more.

First found in Tweedale in Peebles-shire. They are said to descend from a Norman family from Anjou, in the Seigneurie of La Frezeliere, where their name was Frezell, they were one of the many Norman families invited north by King David of Scotland, and were granted lands at Keith in East Lothian in 1160. The first chief to settle was named Simon Frazer, and his lands were called Keith Simon. Their stronghold was Oliver Castle on the Tweed.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKinney research. Another 467 words(33 lines of text) covering the years 1333, 1542, 1550, 1586, 1590, 1609, 1662, 1641, 1658, 1708 and are included under the topic Early McKinney History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early McKinney Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the McKinney family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 155 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McKinney Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Christopher McKinney, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

McKinney Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William McKinney, aged 46, landed in New York in 1812
  • Margaret McKinney, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817
  • George McKinney, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1818
  • Thomas F McKinney, aged 26, arrived in Texas in 1827
  • James McKinney, who arrived in Texas in 1835


McKinney Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • John McKinney, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast
  • Mary McKinney, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast
  • Susan McKinney, aged 18, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast
  • Henry McKinney, aged 16, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • James McKinney, aged 40, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Eleanor Gordon" in 1834

McKinney Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Annie McKinney, aged 22, a domestic servant, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
  • John McKinney, aged 34, a farm labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bebington" in 1876

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  • Carlos "Los Da Mystro" McKinney (b. 1978), Grammy-nominated American record producer and jazz pianist
  • Horace Albert "Bones" McKinney (1919-1997), American professional basketball player and coach
  • William Denison "Bill" McKinney (1931-2011), American character actor
  • Tamara McKinney (b. 1962), American former World Cup alpine ski racer who won four World Cup season titles
  • Jimmy McKinney (b. 1983), American professional basketball player and film actor
  • Cynthia Ann McKinney (b. 1955), American politician and activist
  • William McKinney (1895-1969), American jazz drummer, founder of McKinney's Cotton Pickers in 1926
  • Nina Mae McKinney (1913-1967), one of the first African-American film stars
  • Private John R. McKinney (1921-1997), American soldier awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1945 during the campaign to recapture the Philippines from Japanese forces
  • Stewart McKinney (1931-1987), American politician

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  • Converging Paths by Thelma D. McKinney.
  • The Family McKinney by Nancy McKinney Sayford.
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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: Je suis prest
Motto Translation: I am ready.

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  6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
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  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  9. 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.
  10. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
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The McKinney Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKinney 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.

This page was last modified on 12 June 2015 at 11:48.

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