Jamie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

In the mountains of Scotland's west coast and on the Hebrides islands, the ancestors of the Jamie family were born. Their name comes from "son of James". [1]

Early Origins of the Jamie family

The surname Jamie was first found in on the Isle of Bute, where "a family named Jamieson or Neilson held the office of Crowner of Bute from the beginning of the fourteenth century or earlier to the seventeenth century. He was granted lands by Robert the Bruce for his services rendered to the King. King James II confirmed these grants later and further bestowed on the Jamiesons other territories on the Isle of Arran, particularly that of Over Kilmory. The office of Coroner (Crowner) was hereditary with the family. " [2]

Other early records include: Alexander Jemison who had a safe conduct to trade with England in 1445, William Jamyson who was tenant of Pollock in 1472, and John Jamesone was repledged to liberty of the burgh of Irvine in the same year.

Further to the south, the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Willelmus Jamessson; Johannes Jamesman (i.e. the servant of James); and Henricus Jamsman, 1379. [3]

Early History of the Jamie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jamie research. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1465, 1528, 1539, 1769, 1587, 1644, 1588, 1689, 1720, 1676, 1700, 1677, 1685, and 1780 are included under the topic Early Jamie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jamie Spelling Variations

In various documents Jamie has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations. Jamieson, Jameson, Jamison, Jamyson, Jimisone and many more.

Early Notables of the Jamie family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the Clan from early times was George (Jamesone) Jameson (c. 1587-1644), Scotland's first eminent portrait-painter. "Born at Aberdeen, probably in 1588 (Bulloch, George Jamesone, p. 32), he was second son of Andrew Jamesone, master mason, and his wife Marjory, daughter of Gilbert Anderson, merchant, one of the magistrates of the city. After having practised as a portrait-painter in Scotland, he, according to a generally accepted tradition, which derives some corroborative evidence from the style of his painting, studied under Rubens in Antwerp, and was a fellow-pupil of Vandyck." [4] William Jameson ( fl. 1689-1720), was "lecturer on history at Glasgow University...
Another 104 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jamie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Jamie family to Ireland

Some of the Jamie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 82 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Jamie migration to the United States +

The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Jamie or a variant listed above include:

Jamie Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Heugh Jamie, aged 27, who arrived in America from Newmilus, Scotland, in 1906
  • Margaret Jamie, aged 57, who arrived in America from Dundee, Scotland, in 1907
  • Daisy Jamie, aged 17, who arrived in America from Dundee, Scotland, in 1907
  • David Jamie, aged 59, who arrived in America from Glasgow, Scotland, in 1907
  • David A. Jamie, aged 20, who arrived in America from Lockgelly, Scotland, in 1907
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Jamie (post 1700) +

  • Kathleen Jamie, Scottish poet
  • Joey Jamie Falzon (b. 1969), Australian professional footballer
  • Michael Jamie Clegg (b. 1977), English former professional footballer whop played from 1995 to 2004
  • Martin Jamie Glasson (b. 1973), former English cricketer from Salisbury, Wiltshire
  • Jamie Bulloch (1909-1992), Professional Footballer and captain of Hamilton Academicals in the 1930's
  • Jamie Tarses (1965-2021), American trailblazing TV executive, the first woman to head a major network entertainment division
  • Jamie McBrady, American actress, known for Empty Suitcases (1980)
  • Jamie McCarney, Australian actor
  • Jamie Moul (b. 1984), English golfer from Chelmsford, England who became the third man to top the World Amateur Golf Ranking on 13 February 2007
  • Jamie Lee Curtis (b. 1958), American BAFTA Award, Golden Globe and Saturn Award winning movie actress who received a Golden Globe and a People's Choice Award for her portrayal of Hannah Miller on the ABC sitcom Anything But Love (1989–1992), daughter of Tony Curtis


The Jamie Motto +

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: Ad littora tendit
Motto Translation: It makes for the shore.


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print


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