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Where did the Scottish Baikie family come from? What is the Scottish Baikie family crest and coat of arms? When did the Baikie family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Baikie family history?

The tale of the name Baikie begins with a family who lived in the county of Angus at the old manor of Baike.


Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Baikie has been spelled Backie, Baikie, Bakey, Baikey, Baky, Baickie and others.

First found in Angus (Gaelic: Aonghas), part of the Tayside region of northeastern Scotland, and present day Council Area of Angus, formerly known as Forfar or Forfarshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times as Lords of the manor of Baikie. However, by the 14th century this family appears to have moved north to the Orkneys where they became a prominent family.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baikie research. Another 136 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1600 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Baikie History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Baikie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Baikie:

Baikie Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Louisa Baikie, aged 41, who landed in America from Chester, in 1892
  • Jane Baikie, aged 40, who landed in America from Chester, in 1892

Baikie Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • M. Baikie, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States from Glasgow, in 1906
  • Benjamin Baikie, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from St. Margts. Hope, Orkney, in 1907
  • Jane Baikie, aged 36, who settled in America from Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1908
  • James A. S. Baikie, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Thurso, Scotland, in 1908
  • Donald Baikie, aged 26, who landed in America from Kirrienmir, Scotland, in 1911


  • David Baikie (b. 1953), Scottish former footballer who played from 1997 to 2011
  • Peter Baikie (b. 1957), Scottish comedian and composer
  • William Balfour Baikie (1824-1864), Scottish explorer, naturalist and philologist
  • James Baikie (1866-1931), British author
  • Jim Baikie, British comics artist, winner of the "Best Anthology" Eisner Award in 2000


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Commodum non damnum
Motto Translation: A convenience not an injury.


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  11. ...

The Baikie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Baikie Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 18 November 2013 at 08:11.

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