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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.

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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, 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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Christy research. Another 205 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 189 and are included under the topic Early Christy History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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Some of the Christy 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.

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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 United States in the 17th Century


  • John Christy, who landed in Maryland in 1672

Christy Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Mary Christy, who landed in New York in 1738
  • Alexander Christy arrived in New York in 1738
  • Alexander Christy, who landed in New York in 1738
  • James Christy, aged 59, landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1774

Christy Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Archibald Christy, who landed in America in 1811
  • Charles Christy, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1812
  • William Christy, aged 21, arrived in Delaware in 1813
  • David Christy, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Elizabeth Christy, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816


Christy Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. George Christy U.E who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 he was part of the Cape Ann Association
  • Mr. Jesse Christy U.E who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 he was part of the Cape Ann Association
  • Mr. John Christy U.E who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 he was part of the Cape Ann Association
  • Mr. John Christy Jr., U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 he was part of the Cape Ann Association
  • Mr. Peter Christy U.E who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 he was part of the Cape Ann Association


Christy Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Stewart Christy, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Jane Christy, aged 21, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Condor" in 1838

Christy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century



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  • Edwin Pearce Christy (1815-1862), American composer, singer, actor and stage producer
  • Vice Admiral Harley Hannibal Christy (1870-1950), United States Navy officer during the Spanish-American War and World War I
  • James Walter Christy (b. 1938), American astronomer who discovered that Pluto had a moon
  • Jim Christy (b. 1951), American Director of Futures Exploration (FX) for the Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center
  • Robert F. Christy (b. 1916), American theoretical physicist and later astrophysicist who worked on the Manhattan Project
  • Brigadier-General William Carroll Christy (1885-1957), American Organized Reserves, 4th Corps Area (1939-1940)
  • Mrs. Alice Frances Christy, aged 45, English Second Class passenger from London, England who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 12
  • Miss Rachel Julie Cohen Christy, aged 25, English Second Class passenger from London, England who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 12


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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

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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.

This page was last modified on 18 February 2015 at 13:15.

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