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The history of the Christie family begins among the Pictish clans ancient Scotland. The name Christie comes from Christopher or perhaps from Christian.
In the Middle ages, spelling and translation were not yet regulated by any general rules. spelling variations in names were common even among members of one family unit. Christie has appeared Christie, Chrystie, Chrysty, Christy, McChristie, McChristy, Christe, Christi and many more.
First found in Edinburghshire, a former county, now part of the Midlothian council area where they held a family seat at Carvant. 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 Christie research. Another 205 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 189 and are included under the topic Early Christie History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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Some of the Christie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Faced by this persecution and the generally unstable political climate of those days, many Scots chose to leave their homeland for Ireland, Australia, and North America in search of greater opportunity and freedom. The colonies across the Atlantic were the most popular choice, but a passage there was neither cheap nor easily suffered. Passengers arrived sick and poor, but those who made it intact often found land and more tolerant societies in which to live. These brave settlers formed the backbone of the burgeoning nations of Canada and the United States. It is only this century that the ancestors of these families have begun to recover their collective identity through the patriotic highland games and Clan societies that have sprung up throughout North America. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Christie:
Christie Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Christopher Christie settled in America in 1635
- Richard Christie, aged 20, arrived in St Christopher in 1635
Christie Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Alice Christie, who landed in America in 1715
- Jesse Christie, who landed in New England in 1727
- Peter Christie, who landed in New England in 1727
- Thomas Christie settled in Georgia in 1732
- Agnes Christie settled in Maryland in 1736
Christie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Christie, who arrived in America in 1801
- Colin Christie, who arrived in New York in 1802
- John Christie, who arrived in America in 1803
- Jos Christie, who landed in America in 1810
- Margaret Christie, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
Christie Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Abijah Christie U.E who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783
- Mr. Charles Christie U.E who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 255 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York
- Mrs. Mary Christie who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 314 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York
- Miss Mary Christie (b. 1770), aged 13 who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 347 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York
- Mr. James Christie U.E who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783
Christie Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- John Christie, aged 24, a farmer, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Edinburgh" in 1815
- Isobel Christie, aged 20, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Edinburgh" in 1815
- Henry Christie, who landed in Canada in 1831
- John Christie, aged 38, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast
- Patrick Christie, aged 19, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Ranger" in 1834
Christie Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Alexander Christie arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1838
- Christian Christie arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1838
- Robert Christie arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1838
- Alexander Christie arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1839
- Ann Christie arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1839
Christie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- John Christie landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- Peter Christie landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841
- James Christie, aged 49, a sawyer, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
- Mary Christie, aged 51, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
- John Christie, aged 8, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Philip Laing" in 1848
- Michael Christie (b. 1974), American conductor
- John Walter Christie (1865-1944), American engineer and inventor, best known for developing the Christie suspension system used in a World War II-era tanks
- Bob Christie (1924-2009), American racecar driver
- Alexander Christie (1848-1925), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Bishop of Vancouver Island (1898-1899) and Archbishop of Oregon City (1899-1925)
- Robert F. Christie (b. 1916), American theoretical physicist and later astrophysicist who worked on the Manhattan Project
- James Walter Christie (b. 1938), American astronomer who discovered that Pluto had a moon, which he named Charon
- Vice Admiral Harley Hannibal Christie (1870-1950), American Navy officer during the Spanish-American War and World War I
- Lance-Corporal John Alexander Christie VC (1895-1967), Scottish recipient of the Victoria Cross during the First World War
- Mr. Albert Thomas Norton Christie (1919-1941), Australian Stoker from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
- John Christie CH, MC (1882-1962), English landowner and producer
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
|Christie Clan Badge|
A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system... More
Septs of the Distinguished Name Christie
Christey, Christie, Christy, Chrystie, Chrysty, Criste, Cristie, Cristy and more.
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The Christie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Christie 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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