Gammey 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 Gammey is derived from the Gaelic word gamag,
which means stride.
Early Origins of the Gammey family
The surname Gammey was first found in Turriff
, where the family was anciently seated.
Early History of the Gammey family
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Gammey Spelling Variations
Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations
with single names. Gammey has appeared Gammie, Gamie, Gammye, Gamye, Gamey, Gammey and others.
Early Notables of the Gammey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gammey family to the New World and Oceana
Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland
, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence
. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan
societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North America. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name Gammey: Peter Gammie, who settled in New York in 1824.
The Gammey 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.