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Jamieson comes from the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland's west coast and Hebrides islands. The name comes from "son of James".

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The surname Jamieson was first found in on the Isle of Bute, where they held a family seat from very early times.

The translation of Gaelic names in the Middle Ages was not a task undertaken with great care. Records from that era show an enormous number of spelling variations, even in names referring to the same person. Over the years Jamieson has appeared as Jamieson, Jameson, Jamison, Jamyson, Jimisone and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jamieson research. Another 293 words (21 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jamieson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jamieson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Jamieson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Jamieson or a variant listed above:

Jamieson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Stephen Jamieson settled in Maryland in 1633
  • David Jamieson settled in Boston in 1652
  • Alexander Jamieson, who landed in New Jersey in 1685
  • Archibald Jamieson, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685

Jamieson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Mary Jamieson, aged 24, landed in New York in 1774

Jamieson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Wm Jamieson, aged 29, landed in Connecticut in 1812
  • Samuel Jamieson, aged 25, landed in Maryland in 1813
  • Thomas Jamieson, who arrived in South Carolina in 1813
  • John Jamieson, who arrived in New York in 1824
  • Andrew Jamieson, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1850


Jamieson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. James Jamieson U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784

Jamieson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • William Jamieson, aged 27, a farmer, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Janet Jamieson, aged 17, arrived in Quebec aboard the ship "Atlas" in 1815
  • Patrick Jamieson settled in Harbour Grace, in 1825
  • Jane Jamieson, aged 29, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833
  • Samuel Jamieson, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Salus" in 1833


Jamieson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • George Jamieson arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838
  • James Jamieson, aged 38, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839
  • Margaret Jamieson, aged 28, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839
  • James Jamieson, aged 10, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839
  • Neil Jamieson, aged 8, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839


Jamieson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Barr Jamieson, aged 36, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Ann Jamieson, aged 34, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • William Jamieson, aged 15, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Jean Jamieson, aged 13, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Ann Jamieson, aged 11, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842


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  • James A. Jamieson (b. 1943), American PGA professional golfer
  • James D. Jamieson (b. 1934), Canadian-born, American cell biologist and professor at Yale University
  • George W. Jamieson (1810-1868), American actor
  • Charlie "Cuckoo" Jamieson (1893-1969), American baseball player, won the 1920 World Series with the Cleveland Indians
  • Michael Jamieson (b. 1988), Scottish silver medalist swimmer at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • John Jamieson FRSE (1759-1838), Scottish minister of religion, lexicographer, philologist and antiquary
  • James Jamieson (1840-1916), Scottish-born Australian doctor, President of the Royal Society of Victoria in 1901
  • Douglas Jamieson (1880-1952), Scottish Unionist politician and judge
  • Robert Alan Jamieson (b. 1958), Scottish poet
  • Mr. Harold W Jamieson, British Boy Telegraphist, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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  • The Jamieson Family, 1747-1978 by Jamieson Family Reunion Committee.
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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: Ad littora tendit
Motto Translation: It makes for the shore.

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The Jamieson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jamieson 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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