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Where did the Scottish Christy family come from? What is the Scottish Christy family crest and coat of arms? When did the Christy family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Christy family history?The ancestors of the Christy family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. The name Christy is derived from Christopher or perhaps from Christian.
The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Christy has been spelled Christie, Chrystie, Chrysty, Christy, McChristie, McChristy, Christe, Christi and many more.
First found in Edinburghshire, where they were recorded as a family of great antiquity seated at Carvant in that shire. By 1296 they had moved northward to Stirlingshire and there is a section of the Stirling Antiquary called "the Christies and their doings." A charter from 1457 granted by the abbot of Lindores mentions John Chrysty as a burgess. Later, John Chryste was listed as burgess of Aberdeen in 1530.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Christy research. Another 148 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Christy History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Christy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Christy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 123 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Christy:
Christy Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Christy Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Christy Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
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: Sic viresco
Motto Translation: Thus I flourish
The Christy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Christy 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.
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