The ancient Scottish name Gamie is carried by the descendents of the Pictish people. It was a name for a swift walker or a person noted for the length of his stride. The surname Gamie is derived from the Gaelic word gamag,
which means stride.
Early Origins of the Gamie family
The surname Gamie was first found in Turriff
, where the family was anciently seated.
Early History of the Gamie family
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Gamie Spelling Variations
Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations
were a common result of this process. Gamie has appeared Gammie, Gamie, Gammye, Gamye, Gamey, Gammey and others.
Early Notables of the Gamie family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gamie family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence
. The Clan
societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the Gamie name: Peter Gammie, who settled in New York in 1824.
The Gamie 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.