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The west coast of Scotland and the rocky Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the McKinstry family. The root of their name is the personal name Simon, or from Sim, which is a diminutive form of that name. The Gaelic forms of the name are Mac Shim, meaning son of Sim. or Mac Shimidh, meaning son of Simon.

McKinstry Early Origins



The surname McKinstry was first found in the Isle of Bute, in western Scotland where they held lands anciently granted by the King of Scotland.

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McKinstry Spelling Variations


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McKinstry Spelling Variations



Spelling and translation were not standardized practices until the last few centuries. Spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. McKinstry has been spelled M'Shimis, M'Shimmie, M'Kimmie, M'Kim, M'Kym, M'Kymme, M'Shiomoun, M'Kin and many more.

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McKinstry Early History


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McKinstry Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKinstry research. Another 345 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1333, 1506, 1529, 1539, 1542, 1550, 1586, 1609, and 1641 are included under the topic Early McKinstry History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McKinstry Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McKinstry Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early McKinstry Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McKinstry In Ireland


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McKinstry In Ireland



Some of the McKinstry family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first McKinstrys to arrive in North America:

McKinstry Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John McKinstry, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1718
  • William McKinstry, who landed in New England in 1740

McKinstry Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James McKinstry, aged 38, landed in South Carolina in 1812
  • Grace McKinstry, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895

McKinstry Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Hugh McKinstry, aged 20, who landed in America from Kilmarnock, Scotland, in 1910
  • Ellen McKinstry, aged 30, who landed in America from Larne, Ireland, in 1910
  • Mary McKinstry, aged 46, who settled in America from Kilmarnock, Scotland, in 1910
  • Jean McKinstry, aged 17, who settled in America from Ruthwell, Scotland, in 1914
  • Archibald McKinstry, aged 44, who landed in America from London, England, in 1921
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McKinstry (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McKinstry (post 1700)



  • Elisha Williams McKinstry (1824-1901), American jurist who served as a justice of the California Supreme Court from 1874-1888
  • Alexander McKinstry (1822-1879), American politician, 3rd Lieutenant Governor of Alabama (1872-1874)
  • Nancy McKinstry (b. 1959), American CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Wolters Kluwer
  • James McKinstry (b. 1979), Scottish footballer
  • Henry McKinstry (1805-1871), Canadian politician, Mayor of Hamilton, Ontario from 1859 to 1861
  • Kenneth Christopher "Chris" McKinstry (1967-2006), Canadian researcher in artificial intelligence who led the development of the MISTIC project in 1996
  • John McKinstry, Canadian singer, songwriter, and bassist
  • Leo McKinstry, British journalist and author

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Motto


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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: Je suis prest
Motto Translation: I am ready.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    2. Martine, Roddy, Roderick Martine and Don Pottinger. Scottish Clan and Family Names Their Arms, Origins and Tartans. Edinburgh: Mainstream, 1992. Print.
    3. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    4. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
    6. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
    7. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    8. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    9. 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.
    10. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    11. ...

    The McKinstry Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKinstry 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 21 March 2016 at 08:49.

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