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Where did the Scottish Ramsay family come from? What is the Scottish Ramsay family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ramsay family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ramsay family history?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.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Ramsay, Ramsey and others.
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.
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
Ramsay Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Ramsay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Ramsay Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Ramsay Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Ramsay Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Ramsay Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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.
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.
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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