The Scottish name McAmee is an Anglicized form of the Gaelic Mac Shimidh, a patronymic
from a Gaelic equivalent to the name Simon.
Early Origins of the McAmee family
The surname McAmee 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 McAmee family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McAmee 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 McAmee History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McAmee Spelling Variations
of this family name include: MacKimmie, Mackhimmie, MacShimmie, MacCammie, MacKymmie, MacKymmey, MacImmey, MacImmie, McKimmie, McShimmie, McCammie, McKynnie, McKymmey, McImmey and many more.
Early Notables of the McAmee family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McAmee family to Ireland
Some of the McAmee 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 McAmee family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alexander Mackimmie, who settled in Georgia in 1736.
The McAmee 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.