The Scottish name MacKymme is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Shimidh, a patronymic
from a Gaelic equivalent to the name Simon.
Early Origins of the MacKymme family
The surname MacKymme 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 MacKymme family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacKymme 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 MacKymme History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacKymme Spelling Variations
Translation in medieval times was an undeveloped science and was often carried out without due care. For this reason, many early Scottish names appeared radically altered when written in English. The spelling variations
of MacKymme include MacKimmie, Mackhimmie, MacShimmie, MacCammie, MacKymmie, MacKymmey, MacImmey, MacImmie, McKimmie, McShimmie, McCammie, McKynnie, McKymmey, McImmey and many more.
Early Notables of the MacKymme family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacKymme family to Ireland
Some of the MacKymme 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 MacKymme family to the New World and Oceana
These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence
was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The MacKymme were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Alexander Mackimmie, who settled in Georgia in 1736.
The MacKymme 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.