On the western coast of Scotland
and on the Hebrides
islands the McKinsy family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from 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.
Early Origins of the McKinsy family
The surname McKinsy was first found in the Isle of Bute
, in western Scotland
where they held lands anciently granted by the King of Scotland.
Early History of the McKinsy family
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McKinsy Spelling Variations
In various documents McKinsy has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. M'Shimis, M'Shimmie, M'Kimmie, M'Kim, M'Kym, M'Kymme, M'Shiomoun, M'Kin and many more.
Early Notables of the McKinsy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McKinsy family to Ireland
Some of the McKinsy 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.
Migration of the McKinsy family to the New World and Oceana
Dalriadan families proliferated in North America. Their descendants still populate many communities in the eastern parts of both the United States and Canada. Some settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists, in the wake of the American War of Independence
. Families on both sides of the border have recovered much of their heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and highland games. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name McKinsy or a variant listed above: Alexander McKimmie settled in Georgia in 1735; Phillipina Ann Margerat M'Kim settled in Philadelphia in 1729. Bernard M'Kim settled in Philadelphia in 1852. Hugh M'Kim settled in Philadelphia in 1868..
The McKinsy 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.