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Where did the English Imrie family come from? What is the English Imrie family crest and coat of arms? When did the Imrie family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Imrie family history?

The distinguished surname Imrie emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. One of the most common classes of surname is the patronymic surname, which was usually derived from the first name of the person's father. Flemish surnames of this type are often characterized by the diminutive suffix -kin, which became very frequent in England during the 14th century. The surname Imrie is derived from the Old French names Amauri and Emaurri. These are derived from the Old German name Amalric, which literally means work-rule.


Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Imrie, Imray, Imre, Imbrie and others.

First found in Perthshire where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Imrie research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1329, 1513 and 1672 are included under the topic Early Imrie History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Imrie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Imrie

Imrie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Imrie, who landed in New York, NY in 1833

Imrie Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J Imrie landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Clydeside
  • J. Imrie arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Clydeside" in 1841
  • William Imrie arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884
  • Alexander Imrie arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ionic" in 1884


  • Celia Imrie (b. 1952), English Screen Actors Guild Award nominated actress, known for her roles in Bridget Jones's Diary (2001), Star Wars: Episode I-The Phantom Menace (1999) and Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004
  • Thomas "Red" Imrie (b. 1937), retired Scottish ice hockey defenceman, inducted into the British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 1987
  • Kathryn Christine Imrie (b. 1967), born Kathryn Marshall, a Scottish LPGA professional golfer
  • Douglas "Dougie" Imrie (b. 1983), Scottish footballer
  • Amy Elizabeth Imrie (1870-1944), née Pollard, a British heiress, one of the wealthiest women in Britain who at the age of 37 became a Roman Catholic nun
  • Dr. Kevin Imrie, Canadian President of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (2015)
  • Kirsten Imrie (b. 1967), British glamour model and television presenter
  • William Imrie (1836-1906), English owner of the White Star Line shipping line, once known as “the Prince of Shipowners”


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: Evertendo fecundat
Motto Translation: It renders fruitful by turning over.


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The Imrie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Imrie Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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