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Gamay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Gamay was first used as a surname among the descendants of the ancient Scottish people known as the Picts. It was a name for a swift walker or a person noted for the length of his stride. The surname Gamay is derived from the Gaelic word gamag, which means stride.

Early Origins of the Gamay family

The surname Gamay was first found in Turriff, where the family was anciently seated.

Early History of the Gamay family

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Gamay Spelling Variations

Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Gamay has been spelled Gammie, Gamie, Gammye, Gamye, Gamey, Gammey and others.

Early Notables of the Gamay family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Gamay family to the New World and Oceana

In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Gamay: Peter Gammie, who settled in New York in 1824.

The Gamay 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: Luctor ut ermergam
Motto Translation: I struggle but I shall recover.

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