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Origins Available: English, Scottish
The surname Ramsay comes from the place-name Ramsey, which is derived from the Old English words "hramsa" and "eg," which mean "wild garlic" and "island." Thus, the original bearers of the surname came from an island where wild garlic was grown.
The surname Ramsay was first found in Huntingdon, where the first record of the name was Simund de Ramesie who witnessed the charter by Turstan filius Leuingus of the church of Livingston to the Abbey of Holyrod (c. 1153-1156.)
In 1196, Simon's son (or grandson) witnessed a charter to the Church of Coldingham and in the following century many branches of the Clan began to emerge. About 1216, Sir Nessus Ramsay was noted for settling local disputes, and he put his seal on a Charter of King Alexander II of Scotland. William Ramsay was one of the signatories of the Ragman Rolls, when two thousand Earls and Barons were forced to swear fealty to Edward I of England, during the latter's brief conquest of Scotland. But later, in 1320 William Ramsay swore allegiance to King Robert the Bruce of Scotland when he, a Campbell, a Cameron, a MacDuff, a Fergusan and a Murray signed the 'Declaration of Independence' in Arbroath, asserting to the Pope that Scotland would never again be subject to English rule.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Ramsay, Ramsey and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ramsay research. Another 951 words (68 lines of text) covering the years 1335, 1618, 1633, 1700, 1672, 1674, 1682, 1624, 1696, 1673, 1684, 1689, 1646, 1686, 1758, 1686, 1743, 1619, 1688, 1659, 1658 and are included under the topic Early Ramsay History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 149 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ramsay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Ramsay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Ramsay Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Margaret Ramsay, who came to Barbados in 1663
Ramsay Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- John Ramsay, who came to Maryland in 1716
- Andrew Ramsay, who settled in St. Kitts in 1716
- George Ramsay, who came to America in 1748
- John Ramsay, who came to Virginia in 1751
- Elizabeth Ann Ramsay, who landed in America in 1760-1763
Ramsay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Andrew Ramsay, who arrived in America in 1800
- Alexr Ramsay, aged 23, landed in New York, NY in 1804
- Hugh Ramsay, aged 29, arrived in New York, NY in 1804
- John Ramsay, aged 27, landed in New York in 1812
- Cuthbert Ramsay, who landed in New York in 1819
Ramsay Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Ann Ramsay, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
- Mr. Henry Ramsay U.E. who settled in Willoughby [Niagara Falls], Ontario c. 1780 he served in Butlers Rangers, discharged in 1779
- Mr. William Ramsay U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 listed with the Loyalists and Disbanded Soldiers whose names appear as Passamaquoddy New Brunswick Loyalists
- Mr. David Ramsay U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784
- Ms. Esther Ramsay U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 she was part of the Cape Ann Association
Ramsay Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Catherine Ramsay, aged 7, arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1833
- Jane Ramsay, aged 22, arrived in St John, New Brunswick in 1833
- John Ramsay, aged 22, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
- Matthew Ramsay, aged 28, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838
- Matty Ramsay, aged 18, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Prudence" in 1838
Ramsay Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Ann Ramsay arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lord Goderich" in 1838
- William Ramsay arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indus" in 1839
- Samuel Ramsay, aged 47, a tinsmith, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Navarino"
- Mary Ramsay, aged 25, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Charlotte Jane"
- Thomas Ramsay, aged 28, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Marion"
Ramsay Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Charles A. Ramsay arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Bombay" in 1863
- Andrew Ramsay arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Nimroud" in 1863
- James Ramsay arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1865
- Elizabeth Ramsay arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1865
- Flora Ramsay arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1865
- John T. "Jack" Ramsay (1925-2014), nicknamed "Dr. Jack," American basketball coach, inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
- Francis Munroe Ramsay (1835-1914), US Navy Officer and Chief of Bureau of Navigation
- Gordon James Ramsay OBE (b. 1966), Scottish chef, restaurateur and television personality, recipient of 15 Michelin stars
- Francis Dennis Ramsay (1925-2009), Scottish painter
- Admiral Alexander Robert Maule Ramsay GCVO, KCB, DSO, RN (1881-1972), British Royal Navy officer
- Sir William Mitchell Ramsay (1851-1939), Scottish archaeologist
- Sir William Ramsay (1852-1916), Scottish Nobel laureate and chemist
- Allan Ramsay (1713-1784), Scottish portrait painter
- Mr. Ramsay, British Cook, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
- Mr. Ernest Wilson Ramsay (1918-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Wiluna, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
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: Ora et labora
Motto Translation: Pray and work.
|Ramsay Clan Badge|
A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system... More
Septs of the Distinguished Name Ramsay
Ramsay, Ramsey, Rumsey and more.
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The Ramsay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ramsay 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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