The people known in ancient Scotland
as the Picts
were the ancestors of the first to use Gammye as a name. It was a name for a swift walker or a person noted for the length of his stride. The surname Gammye is derived from the Gaelic word gamag,
which means stride.
Early Origins of the Gammye family
The surname Gammye was first found in Turriff
, where the family was anciently seated.
Early History of the Gammye family
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Gammye 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 Gammye has been spelled Gammie, Gamie, Gammye, Gamye, Gamey, Gammey and others.
Early Notables of the Gammye family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gammye 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 Gammye: Peter Gammie, who settled in New York in 1824.
The Gammye 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.