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

On the Scottish west coast, the McKinzie family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the personal name Coinneach. The Gaelic form of the name is Mac Coinnich or Mac Choinnich, both of which mean son of Coinneach. However, In Adamnan, the Gaelic form of the name is Cainnechus, which is derived from the word cann, meaning fair or bright; thus, the surname is of the 'nickname' variety in this case.

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In various documents McKinzie has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. MacKenzie, McKenzie, Kennethson, Kenneth, Kennieson, MacCoinnich (Gaelic), MacWhinnie, MacWhinny, MacWhinney and many more.

First found in Ross-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rois) a former county, now part of the Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles in Northern Scotland, which emerged from the Gaelic lordship of the Earl of Ross, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McKinzie research. Another 383 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1278, 1715, 1771, 1561, 1568, 1594, 1569, 1611, 1651, 1635, 1678, 1636, 1691, 1688, 1662, 1677, 1677, 1688, 1630, 1714 and are included under the topic Early McKinzie History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 269 words(19 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McKinzie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the McKinzie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Significant portions of the populations of both the United States and Canada are still made up of the ancestors of Dalriadan families. Some of those in Canada originally settled the United States, but went north as United Empire Loyalists in the American War of Independence. The late 19th and early 20th centuries saw the ancestors of many Scots on both sides of the border begin to recover their collective national heritage through Clan societies and highland games. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

McKinzie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James McKinzie, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • George McKinzie, who landed in New York in 1840
  • Alexander McKinzie, who landed in Arkansas in 1860
  • Angus McKinzie, who arrived in Arkansas in 1890
  • William G McKinzie, who landed in Arkansas in 1892

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  • Ralph Clyde "Mac" McKinzie (1894-1990), American football, basketball, and baseball coach
  • Richard H. McKinzie, U.S. Navy hospital corpsman, eponym of the McKinzie Islands, Antarctica


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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: Luceo non uro
Motto Translation: I shine not burn.

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The McKinzie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McKinzie 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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