To the ancient Scottish name Gammy was a nickname
for a swift walker or a person noted for the length of his stride. The surname Gammy is derived from the Gaelic word gamag,
which means stride.
Early Origins of the Gammy family
The surname Gammy was first found in Turriff
, where the family was anciently seated.
Early History of the Gammy family
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Gammy Spelling Variations
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
. Gammy has been spelled Gammie, Gamie, Gammye, Gamye, Gamey, Gammey and others.
Early Notables of the Gammy family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gammy family to the New World and Oceana
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 Gammy: Peter Gammie, who settled in New York in 1824.
The Gammy 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.