The Scottish name M'kymme is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Shimidh, a patronymic
from a Gaelic equivalent to the name Simon.
Early Origins of the M'kymme family
The surname M'kymme was first found in Tweedale in Peebles-shire. They are said to descend from a Norman family from Anjou
, in the Seigneurie of La Frezeliere, where their name was Frezell, they were one of the many Norman families invited north by King David of Scotland
, and were granted lands at Keith in East Lothian
in 1160. The first chief to settle was named Simon Frazer, and his lands were called Keith Simon. Their stronghold was Oliver Castle on the Tweed.
Early History of the M'kymme family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our M'kymme research.Another 467 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1333, 1542, 1550, 1586, 1590, 1609, 1662, 1641, 1658, 1708 and are included under the topic Early M'kymme History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
M'kymme Spelling Variations
In various documents M'kymme has been spelled Since medieval scribes still spelled according to sound, records from that era contain an enormous number of spelling variations
. MacKimmie, Mackhimmie, MacShimmie, MacCammie, MacKymmie, MacKymmey, MacImmey, MacImmie, McKimmie, McShimmie, McCammie, McKynnie, McKymmey, McImmey and many more.
Early Notables of the M'kymme family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the M'kymme family to Ireland
Some of the M'kymme family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 155 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the M'kymme family to the New World and Oceana
The descendants of the Dalriadan families who made the great crossing of the Atlantic still dot communities along the east coast of the United States and Canada. In the American War of Independence
, many of the settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Clan
societies and highland games have allowed Canadian and American families of Scottish descent to recover much of their lost heritage. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name M'kymme or a variant listed above include: Alexander Mackimmie, who settled in Georgia in 1736.
The M'kymme 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: Je suis prest
Motto Translation: I am ready.