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Updated May 24, 2023

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Scottish : Son of Kinley

Boy name variations

How Popular Is The Name McKinley

Family name origins & meanings

  • 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.

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