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Quick Facts on Mckinley

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Gaelic, Scottish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 390
Simple meaning:
Son of a fair-skinned warrior

Characteristics of Mckinley

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Mckinley

McKinley is the anglicized transferred use of a Gaelic clan name, from Mac Fhionnlaigh meaning “son of a fair skinned warrior” from “fionn” meaning “fair” and “loach” meaning “warrior” (see Finn or Finley for more information). Over the centuries, the clan name Mac Fhionnlaigh came in many forms (including McKinley and Finley) due to the high level of illiteracy in medieval times and the multitude of dialects producing different sounds. The first recorded spelling of this particular surname came in the form of M'Kynlay in the late 15th century in Scotland. The surnames McKinley and McKinlay also appear in Ireland but were likely brought there by Scottish settlers. In Ireland, some believe that McKinley may be derived from the Irish "Mac an Leagha", a surname meaning “son of the physician”. As a forename, McKinley has a history of usage for boys in the United States in honor of America’s 25th President, William McKinley, who served between 1897 and 1901. By the 21st century in America, however, McKinley has transformed into a female name.

Popularity of the Name Mckinley

As mentioned above, McKinley started out as a masculine given name in the United States dating back to 1890. Not coincidentally, McKinley saw the height of his usage between 1896 and 1901 which were the years President McKinley happened to be in office. In fact, McKinley came awfully close to securing a spot on the Top 100 list of most commonly used boy names in the country. Pretty impressive indeed! Unfortunately, our 25th president was assassinated by a disgruntled madman in 1901. His name quickly retreated into the shadows of Teddy Roosevelt, a strong-willed president with a booming personality. McKinley quickly fell off the American radar as a boy’s name. It would finally fall off the list altogether in 1967. However, in 2006, American parents discovered this quaint Gaelic moniker for their baby daughters. In a few short years, McKinley has already climbed to levels of low moderation for the female persuasion securing the name as exclusively feminine by today’s naming standards. It’s doubtful that parents have our 25th president in mind when naming their baby daughters McKinley, but rather it follows the hyper-popular trend of surnames as first names. There is also a particular trend for naming girls these “McK” type female names (think: McKayla, McKenna, McKenzie). Oh, and here’s a bit of trivia for parents who like to sing the blues. McKinley Morganfield is the birth name of Muddy Waters, the “father of modern Chicago blues”.
Popularity of the Girl Name Mckinley
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Mckinley

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Mckinley

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Mckinley

    Mckinley We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Mckinley.

  • Popular Songs on Mckinley

    Popular Songs on Mckinley

    Mckinley - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Mckinley.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Mckinley

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Mckinley

    William McKinley: Twenty-Fifth President 1897-1901 (Mike Venezia) - From the “Getting to Know the U.S. Presidents” series, this one presents a biography of America’s 25th president, William McKinley. Recommended for ages 6-9.

  • Famous People Named Mckinley

    Famous People Named Mckinley

    Famous People Named McKinley - McKinley Morganfield (aka Muddy Waters, American blues singer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Mckinley

    Children of Famous People Named Mckinley

    Famous People Who Named Their Child Mckinley - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Mckinley.

  • Historic Figures

    Mckinley - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    William McKinley (29 Jan 1843 -14 Sep 1901) - McKinley was America’s 25th president serving between 1897 and 1901. McKinley had a calm, laid-back demeanor which caused many people to underestimate his very capable and efficient management style. He was also the last Civil War veteran to be President and he had 20 years of political experience under his belt in Congress. As he assumed the presidency, the depression of 1893 was running its course and things were looking up economically. McKinley's term was most defined by two things: the Spanish American War and his unfortunate assassination (the third president meeting this fate). The human suffering and brutality suffered by the Cubans under Spanish control was too much for the American people to stomach. War became inevitable. But not only for humanitarian reasons. The U.S. needed to claim its own overseas military power for its own expansionist self-interests. Highly influential on issues of foreign policy was McKinley's Secretary of the Navy, none other than Theodore Roosevelt. When the USS Maine exploded (for reasons unknown), it became the perfect excuse to go to war. TR left his government post to create the "Rough Riders" and his fame earned him a place as McKinley's running mate in the 1900 election (which they won). Of course, this meant that the often controversial Teddy Roosevelt was just "one heartbeat from the presidency". To the dismay of TR's foes, McKinley was shot and killed in 1901 by a crazy man upset about the economic disparity between the rich and poor in the U.S. Sound familiar?

Personality of the Girl Name Mckinley

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Variations of the Baby Name - Mckinley

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