The Scottish surname MacKinlay is an anglicized form of Gaelic name Mac Fionnlaigh. The name MacKinlay is of patronymic origin meaning son of or descendent of Fionnlaoch. The personal name Fionnlaoch is composed of the elements Fionn meaning “fair or blonde” and laoch meaning “warrior or hero.” The original home of the MacKinlay family in Scotland is on the western coast and the Hebrides islands. A notable bearer of the name MacKinlay is Andrew MacKinlay the British politician.
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