Last name: McKinney

This interesting surname is of Old Gaelic origin, and is the Anglicized form of the Gaelic "Mac Cionaodha", composed of the Gaelic prefix "Mac", son of, and a personal name composed of the elements "cion", respect, affection, and "Aodh", the name of a pagan god of fire. The name is chiefly found in Scotland as MacKenna, MacKinna, MacKinney and MacKinnie, particularly in Glasgow, but is also found in Ireland in the Tyrone, Fermanagh area, where some of them are of Scottish descent. The name first appears in records in Scotland inthe mid 15th Century (see below), while other early examples of the surname include William M'Kinnay, a charter witness in Wigtownshire in 1544, and John Mackynnay of Cray, Kirkcudbrightshire, recorded in 1546. Alexander M'Kinnie was retoured heir of Normand M'Kinnie of Knokdorie in the lands of Rosneyth in 1609. In the south end of Arran, the natives "genteelly narrowed the more open vowel sounds by crimping the lips", hence, Arranese M'Kinyie and Galwegian M'Kinnie. John McKinney, aged 24 yrs., arrived in New York on April 30th 1846 as an Irish famine immigrant. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Nevin McKenze, which was dated 1473, in "Accounts of the Lord High Treasurer (1473 - 1566)", during the reign of King James 111 of Scotland, 1460 - 1488. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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natasha McKinney

was told by my dad today that right before his mother passed away she mentioned to him that his dad had a girlfriend in California who gave birth to his child not sure of the child's name , but I'm 24 and just realized that its possible my dad might have a 1/2 brother in cali by any chance is there a male in here that his fathers name was Lloyd Andrew McKinney who was born march 6, 1923 and was in the us army?????

Any McKinney's in the Kentucky area?

Kenneth Mckinney
I live in Kentucky currently ,but I'm from Tennessee

Barbara McKinney Malzone

Kenneth, is your father's name, William Thomas McKinney? That is my father's name, he was from Ooltewah, Tennessee and passed away 50 years ago. I only know that I have a 1/2 brother somewhere, named Kenneth McKinney. I am moving to Ooltewah in a few weeks where members of my family still reside. I also have a brother, 4 years younger than me, named William Richard McKinney and we have been searching for our 1/2 brother for some time now.

John White
Hello McKinneys
My name is John White, Sr. I live the State of Maine and am presently exploring my family history. My greatgrand (5) mother's name was McKinney/McKenney (in some instances it the same name) most information states she was from N. Ireland possibly Ulster (Scot-Irish?)
She is reported to have been born around 1724-25, married a Nicholas White (who was killed by Indians) they had one son. She then married a Beveridge and lived in Vinalhaven, ME. Her fathers name is listed as Matthew McKenney/McKinney and he made his home in Georgetown, ME. I am not sure if they came right to Maine from Ireland or to one of the other states and then moved to Maine. Haven't seen much mention of the New England area here, but any information that comes to mind would be greatly appreciated..........

natasha McKinney

by any chance would you be related to a Lloyd Andrew McKinney sr

When I was younger I was told to put 2_ under the c. Some of my family did and some didn't. My Dad's parents met in Mississippi, got married then followed the logging business (actually lived on a train. They turned box cars into moving homes.) to N.E. Alabama. Where John Houston and Cara Lee McKinney settled down as share-croppers. My Dad and his younger brother moved to Florida with their Mom after his Dad passed away. To live closer to some older siblings. We are a rather larger framed family. My grand father was told to be 6'7" and my dad was 6'4". We have a few that are shorter but mostly are close to or over 6' tall. Yes, including us women! ( my daughter is 18 and is 6'1") half of my dad's siblings took after my grand mother who was half Choctaw Indian. The other half took after my grand dad with the fairer complexion, lighter hair, and blue eyes. We have a gene that causes genetic disease Poly Neuropathy.

Brittany McKinney

I was taught to put the 2 -'s under the C as well. My mom said it was to show it was a lowercase C. :)

Denise McKinney
Before my Dad died in 2011, he had been doing research on the McKinney side of our family. We have no family tree, no family Ancestry except for guesses, and I personally never knew that side of my family until the past couple of years. All the research my Dad did didn't pay off. He found nothing but dead ends and all the McKinney's he found were no relation to us. So after he passed I did DNA testing through 23andMe. I found out a lot about my Ancestry that I never knew. I also found over 1,000 cousins, all over the planet, on different sides of my family, that I was able to connect with and talk to. If any of you McKinney's want to do the DNA testing, go to the 23andMe website, do the testing and see if you get any matches on the McKinney side. So far I've found 1 blood related on the McKinney side of my family. Maybe some of us will match up too :)

Austin McKinney

Denise Mckinney Is like my great grand paw

natasha McKinney

by any chance do you know a Lloyd Andrew McKinney Sr. his father was Furman J McKinney and his mother was Maggie E McClelan? I have been searching for the last couple years I have hit dead ends as well but I have continued to look. Lloyd was also married to a woman name Nora Williams not sure it Nora is her real name or short but she died while giving birth to their first child that child didn't make it either? if anyone reads my comments an feels they may know or is possible to be of some relation please feel free to email me at thank you

R. Robinson
there are tons of McKinneys in Transylvania county, North Carolina. McKinney was my mom's maiden name. In her memory, we named our oldest son McKinney.

Lynn McKinney
I was Born in Frankfort IN. My fathers name was John R McKinney Jr. the McKinney Homested was in Kirkland IN. His Grand Father was Jess McKinney he had two Brothers that I Know of. I grew up putting a single - under the c I was told it showed Scottish decent. I Know that some of my family lived in the South and were slave owners but I have know clue if they were direct split off from the rest.

Colleen McKinney-Wallace
My father's family supposedly immigrated from Ireland to Morristown, Tennessee. My grandfathers name was Charles Carroll McKinney and he moved to Marion, Indiana not sure exactly when but met my grandmother Rosalie Benn and my father was born in 1957. My parents and their 3 daughters including myself moved from Indiana back to Tennessee in the Knoxville area, I suppose it was the Irish in us missing our homelands in the mountains lol. My dad was told that there were several McKinney clans and to tell the difference was whether you put bars or lines under the C in your name. I grew up writing my name with 2 bars under my name. My dad felt that important to include. His brother did research and said he found that the clan with 2 bars was one of the worst and rowdiest clan in Ireland. LOL that would NOT surprise me at all.

We used bars we must be related then lol


Austin McKinney

My real last nime has 3 lines under the c

Winnie McKinney

WE were taught to use the bars under the C in Mckinney too... My father was Roy L Mckinney.. born 1928 in Oklahoma... my grandfather was Walter J Mckinney married to Mattie Pursely Mckinney.. Walter was born in Texas. in 1897 Had 2 brothers, Elmer, Barry, all born in texas and 2 sisters, Bertha and Effie, boith younger and born in Oklahoma where family migrated to live on the Cherokee Indian territory.. township 16.. I think an AUnt Matha was in the Ok land rush to obtain this land for them all to live on eventually. My great grandfather , Walter's father was George Mckinney married to linzie Mckinney (I dont know her maiden name.. yet) George was born in Arkansas and both his parents were from TEnnessee, Linzie's parents were from South Carolina and Georgia I beleive.. thats all I have for now. I think George's middle name was MIller, and LInzi was sometimes referred to as lizzie.. still researching and if anyone has any info on this line, please let me know.. I'm on FB with same name WInnie MckInney and email is ALmost forgot, My dad's brothers were WIlliam, Earl< harold < bennie and a sister Mamie Helen.

Sean McKinney
Only know about my family back to the late 1800's in Michigan. So there's one more for us.

Denise McKinney
Hi Sean, I am from Michigan. I am a McKinney but wasn't raised with the rest of the family. I only got to meet them, and started getting to know them within the last two years. They are also in Michigan. I've been told that my Great Grandparents are buried in Ilinois where they lived. They originated from Kentucky where I guess the rest of my family still is. I joined 23andMe to have my DNA tested to hook up with more family. Maybe you could try the site and see if you and I are a Genetic match.

Meaghan McKinney
Sean would you be related to a Henry McKinney who was mayor of Sault Ste. Marie Michigan for a time? He was my great great grandfather.

Stacey McKinney

My father's side McKinney were born and lived in Glasgow, Scotland and come to Michigan some time in the 40's.. My father was born there on vacation in Dearborn, Michigan. I know they were visiting relatives there and he was born on vacation. We now live in Canada (Ontario) but interesting that there are McKinney's in Michigan- possibly related??

Jamie McKinney

My dad's side of the family came from Ireland to Scotland. First time I've heard of others called McKinney. I live in Scotland though.

Susan Moler

My great great grandfather was Daniel McKinney and he was born in Scotland, however his father, John McKinney was from Antrim, Ireland. Daniel came to Clay County, IN and mined coal. Others from his famliy left Scotland and went to Australia.

Connor Mckinney
my father and Grandfather and my grandfathers father lived in Belfast Ireland before my Grandad emigrated to Manchester England where i was born, we have family in Florida too!

Joe McKinney
I live in New Brunswick Canada an my family's been in this area for 5 generations...just trying to find out more about the McKinneys history in Ireland and Scotland

Belinda McKinnney
My fathers name was Johnny McKinney. Any links to McKinney's in florida. I am from NYC.

Matthew Johnson
I am a descendant of Francis McKinney born 1720 N. Ireland. His line came by way of West Virginia then up to Massachusetts.

Edwin McKinney Blessings to all McKinney's out there!

Edwin McKinney
Please visit the site and see what we have going on in McKinney research. For those McKinney researchers who need that extra "push", visit this link as well for information and to ask questions: Also, you will notice a name Jody McKenney Thomson, contact her. She is by far the most knowledgeable McK*nney researcher I have ever encountered. She helped me a great deal! No doubt she knows what she is doing. Blessings to all you McKinney's out there!

C. McKinney

It's a pleasure to know that I'm not the only McKinney researching the last name ancestry. I am trying to find out where it is exactly my ancestry began as well. I am looking for McKinney decendants from North & South Carolina. However, I'm quite sure that there were more from other states, which is why i'm here still searching. any information will be helpful.


The McKinney side of my family originates from Manning S.Carolina I can trace back to my G.Grandfather Ransome 1889

Ashley McKinney
It's nice to know bout ancestors...

Shannon Elmore
Hello, So happy to have found you all! I am decendent of Peter McKinney born 1775 in Halifax, Va married to Polly Essex. Died 1850 in Caswell, NC... My family found they're way to Texas. My father Doyle, was an only Child to Melvin McKinney Jr and I am his only child... Any information anyone has on the line would be awesome! If Im Correct Peter was son to Peter from Ireland whom was son to John McKinney of Berwickshire county, Scotland born 1725...

Is this still going? I descend from McKinney, James. He fought in the Revolution while in Virginia. He married Mary Beatty and moved to bounty land in Kentucky. Is anyone related to this line?

Kerri McKinney
Just saying Hi! Another McKinney from Missouri here, trying to learn more about ancestry. Don't know much about my dad's side of the family as my paternal grandfather wasn't a big part of our family and died young. My dad was born and raised in NE Missouri Edina/Kirksville, MO area.

Paull Bell
My fathers side are McKinney's from Michigan. Thomas G McKinney was my great grandfather born about 1896 in Canada. Maybe he was one of the 5 brothers that came from Canada? I am just now trying to reconnect to my McKinney roots. Any further info beyond my great grandfather would be great.

Hello, I felt like helping out. More info would be helpful. I searched Was his wife's name Harriett Trask? If so I found her tree, with pictures, I will further researching Thomas though :)

Sean McKinney
My Great Grandfather Fay was born in Hadley Michigan. His son was Jack, who moved to CA before the depression. I heard that Fay's fathers name was Scott.

Hello! Does anyone know who John McKinney's Parents are? Born:Abt. 1821 Where:Pa USA Wife:Ann Son:Theodore Jacob McKinney (1855) It would be so very helpful if you all could help me with any information about him :)

Walter McKinney
Hello All, Great to see so many McKinney's posting stay strong!!!

CE McKinney
WV McKinney here

robert cochrum
Im Mckinney on my mothers side i live in Kentucky and there are several of this name here in Mayfield Kentucky.

My name is Christine. I too am looking for my McKinney ancestors. I know for a fact that my great grandfather was from North Carolina. His names was Nathaniel McKinney. Not sure what city or county he was from. If this information sounds familiar to anyone who are searching the same state, please feel free to respond. Thanks!!!!!!!!!

Peggy Lindley
Hi Christine. You may already have the information that you need concerning Nathaniel McKinney. If not I have a little information to share with you. My gggrandfather was a Nathaniel McKinney from Caswell County, NC. His son was George Calvin McKinney and my grandmother was Tecora McKinney Lindley all from the same area of NC. Nathaniel's father was Peter born about 1770 in Halifax, Virginia. If I can be of help I will be glad to.

Margaret McKinney Payne
Yes, we are probably related. My family goes back to the 1770's in Halifax, Va. The first name for most of my relatives is "Nevin"---my father's name as well. Peter may have been an great uncle XXXXX . Interesting information.

I'm not sure on anything but my grandparents are from N/S Carolina and they won't talk much. They were born in the 1960's and my grandmother's maiden name was a McKinney/McKinley. I think she got it from her mother's side. Sorry, I just don't know, but I want to

My name is Sgt Brandon McKinney and I'm in the Marines, I'm do research on my last name and I'm enlighten. I'm black and their are few McKinney in the Marines that are all white. I'm honor that we all share the same name. I was born in Gatevillie, Tx and raise Dallas,Texas and going to school in Cali now.

Wayne R. McKinney
Brandon, Many early McKinney planters owned slaves, and fathered children with them. There are many black McKinneys, and many with some native American blood, like me. I would suggest a Y chromosome DNA test with FamilyTreeDNA to see if you have a MacKenzie Y chromosome. If you do, then your paternal line goes all the way to Scotland.

I too have Cherokee and Black American blood on both sides.

Donna Mckinney
Covey Hutson , my name is Donna Mckinney and Iam trying to start my family tree, My dad is from Greensburg,Ky. Which is in Green co. ky. My dad is cherokee and Irish descent . We are white! My great-grandfathers name was Alfred and My grand-mothers name was Louisa! I put = under the c in my name. My grandmothers name was Mary Meadows and grandfathers name was Alton Mckinney.

Tim McKinney
McKinneys arrived in US before the Revolution in NC and north- went through the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky- some headed for Texas; most northward into Indiana and Illinois. If you put the = under your 'c', you are cool. If you don't, it isn't too late to start. That way we'll know you're a bona fide member of the clan.

G. Covey Hutson
I don't see that anyone really answers anyone else. I've researched my line of McKinneys. My first was James McKinney of Virginia; he fought in the Revolution and received bounty land (along with his brothers) and this land was in Kentucky around the Green River. They ultimately settled in Hopkins Co., KY and their descendants came to Texas. I have a bit on these McKinneys if anyone would be interested.

Vicki McKinney-Montgomery
Is there an Elizabeth McKinney? She married a rancher named McKinney, she would have no part in feeding her "hired help" outside, but brought them in to the table. She didn't bend to the status quo. She was the mother of my grandmother, Anna McKinney.

The earliest known signature of a McKinney ancestor in my line has the = under the 'c'. It has been that way for as long as I have known it. My McKinney line hails from Virginia and then settled in Kentucky; Green County being the starting place in Kentucky (as far as recorded in documents).

Jasmine McKinney
As a child learning to write my name, my mother instructed me to add the = under the c. I was asked by my teacher to stop doing that once I started school. :)

William Clarence McKinney
My fathers , farther came to Canada from Ireland - There were five brothers who left Ireland - served in the Indian army (in India) then emigrasted to Canada - Two brothers remained in the Ontario area of Canada - three brothers imigrated to the USA - We know of our two relatives that stayed in Canada - but have no idea where the 3 bothers that went to the USA ended up. Not much info can be found on these McKinney's.

Francis McKinney
My McKinney line came from Ireland, parish of fintha, county of tyrone, any similarities to yours, My gr-gr-gr grandfather was James Alexander McKinney,b 1799 d Dec 28, 1874, he married Mary Ann Murphy. b 1800 d May 31 1867, feel free to email me, , cheers

I was told that we are of the Murphy clan. Wonder if that has any connection?

Gloria Buie
Thanks for the response, William

William H. McKinney
No Thadeous McKinney in my line. Sorry.

Gloria Buie
My paternal grandmother was Betty McKinney. Am trying to find out where her family originated, Scotland, Ireland? We lived in Alabama and her father Thadeous Matthew McKinney was as far as I could get.

Jamie Miller
Anyone from Mitchell County NC ??? We have a lot of McKinney in our family tree... Greene Mckinney??

Andy McKinney
I am also a McKinney from KY. Alot of us in the Carter, Boyd, and Elliot county area.

My grandmother was a McKinney from Kentucky. Her name was Gertrude. Her mother was Susie.

A Mckinney
This is the 1st time I've researched my last name. My father also lived in KY his name is James H. McKinney, I believe he has many brothers and sisters. I don't know many in his family but I always wondered if the Scottish history was true. If you know more ... Please post! Thank You Oh and as a child I was also told to underline the "c" but never knew why, so I stopped..interesting...

Donna Mckinney
A.McKinney , My dads from Greensburg, Ky. he's IRISH and CHEROKEE INDIAN! We put = under c! ! Mckinney in Gaelic means son of simon!! but there are many branches of Mckinneys that live in ky. Some are Scottish descent! Depends where they live at !

William McMcKinneyi
North Carolina Land Grants in South Carolina - By Brent Holcomb, Pg 143. McKinney, John File 416, grant no 69,, bk 20 p 701 600 A on waters of Bullock Creek...11th Nov 1771.

Patrick McKinney
Hey looking for info bout the McKinneys that live in alabama any would help thanks patrick mckinney

K. McKinney
Love ya'lls names!

V McKinney
Looking for information on the 5 McKinney brothers who came to America....

Gary McKinney
Would like to know if you found anything out about the 5 McKinney brothers.I remember my father talking about his father being one of them. He went to Misouri and raised a family.

Vicki Montgomery
Gary, my father was born in Missouri. I am considering looking into doing the DNA thing. I am in school at the time, hard to find time to do research.

V McKinney
Born in England, but I am proud to be a Scot by blood!

Joseph Mckinney
Since you say your Scottish , I am from Kentucky , USA . I am not really sure if i am Irish or Scott. I never had ask my grandfather . We spell McKinney with a Small c rather than big I have been told That Big C or small c make differants in weather one is Scottish or not . I have been taught has child to use to Mark under a small c like this one . = ?

John McKinney
Looking for ancestors of Alexander McKinney who lived in the South in the early 1700s, I think!

John McKinney
More likely, Alexander McKinney lived during the 1800s!

Taylor McKinney
Hi everyone I know I won't give much help on finding my ancestors because I don't have much detail. All I know is I'm black and my grandfather name is James Mckinney married my grandma Francis he was in the AF military and my dad name is Darell Mckinney that is all I know I'm so lost this is confusing I just want to know where I came from please help :)

natasha McKinney

My name is Natasha McKinney my grandfather was Lloyd Andrew McKinney at and he was married to my grandmother Ethel Ray mckinney. My father use to tell me stories about how I was related to a women and her boy I don't remember how many boys she had but I wanna say two and that they use to rob banks. That I have family in McKinney Texas also rich relatives at that if anyone fits this description of the McKinney family please don't hesitate to ask for I am wanting to connect with more family if possible I have a twin sister and two brothers who live on FL with my parents Lloyd and Nina McKinney don't hesit to email me if you or someone you know may be related anything is possible my email is