Meaning and Origin of: Mckinley

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Scottish : Son of Kinley

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • Scottish : Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Fionnlaigh, a patronymic from the early personal name Fionnlaoch (see Finley).
  • William McKinley (1843–1901), 25th U.S. president, was born at Niles, OH, a descendant of David McKinley, known as ‘David the Weaver’, of Scotch–Irish stock, who settled in York Co., PA, about 1743. William McKinley’s family were iron founders who tracked the ore from the Susquehanna Valley in PA to Columbiana Co., OH.