The ancestors of the Drummay family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts
. They lived on the lands of Drum, in the parish of Drumoak in Aberdeenshire
where the name can be found since very early times.
Early Origins of the Drummay family
The surname Drummay was first found in Aberdeenshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Obar Dheathain), a historic county, and present day Council Area of Aberdeen, located in the Grampian region of northeastern Scotland
. The family is of local
origin from Drum in the parish of Drumoak. "The original name of this place was Dalmaik, by which it is still generally called by the inhabitants, though the denomination of Drumoak has also been used for more than 300 years; the latter appellation is said to be derived from the Gaelic word drum, signifying the ridge of a hill, and the term Moloch, corrupted into Moak, the name of a celebrated saint to whose honour a monastery was erected in St. Servanus' isle, on the water of Leven. The name of Dalmaik is compounded of the Gaelic Dal, a haugh or valley, and St. Moloch, corrupted into Maik, and signifies the valley of St. Moloch, a description applicable to the district containing the ruins of the old church, near which is a well called St. Maik's Well. " CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Drum is one of the four estates in the parish. The lands of Cutler have been held by the family from a very early period. Some of the first records of the name were: John de Drum who was prebendary of Butirgill, 1372, and another John de Drum who was prebendary of Buthirgill in 1449. CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Early History of the Drummay family
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Drummay Spelling Variations
In medieval Scotland
, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations
were the result. Over the years, the name Drummay has been spelled Drum, Drumm and others.
Early Notables of the Drummay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Drummay family to Ireland
Some of the Drummay family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Drummay family to the New World and Oceana
In such difficult times, Ireland
, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan
societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Drummay: Phillip Drum who settled in Philadelphia in 1738; as well as Adam, Bernard, Charles, Daniel, James, John, Mary, Patrick, Thomas, and William, who all came to Philadelphia between 1840 and 1870..