Highland Clans “D – G”

July 11, 2009

DUNBAR

The most famous Dunbar was the wife of the 9th Earl “Black Agnes” who successfully
defended the castle in 1337.

DUNCAN

From the gaelic form of Duncan, Donnchach

DUNDAS

An ancient family who took their name from lands in West Lothian.

DYCE

This Highland clan took its name from lands in Aberdeenshire

ELLIOT

The Elliots of Redheugh were Captains of Hermitage Castle.

ERSKINE

The name was taken from the estates, The Barony of Erskine
“green rising ground” in Renfrewshire.

FARQUHARSON

A varient of Fearchar “the dear one” a popular gaelic forename
Barrie, Vrebner, Christie, Coates, Coutts, Farquhar, Findlay, Findlayson, Finlay, Finlayson, Gracie, Greusach, Hardie, Hardy, Kellas, Lyon, MacCaig, MacDardney, Macartney, MacCuaig, MacEarachar, MacFarquhar, Machardie, machardy, MacKerchar, MacKerracher, Mackindlay, Mackinlay, Paterson, Reoch, Riach, Tawse

FERGUSON

Is an extremely common Celtic name. The oldrest branch of the family came from Kilkerran in Aryshire, Scotland. The most famous Ferguson’s are Fergus macErc, the founder of Dalriada, and a 12 century Prince of Galloway, who built Dundreannan Abby.

Fergus, Ferries, Hardie, MacAdie, MacFergus, MacKerras, MacKersey

FORBES

A territorial name from the gaelic word forda “a field”

Bannerman, Fordyce, Michie.

CLAN FORRESTER

Forrester, Forester, Foristar, Forrister, Forrest, Forest, Forster, Forstar, Foster, Fostar,
Corstorphine, Carstarphen

FORSYTHE

Probably from the gaelic word for man of Peace “Fearsithe”

FRASER

Most historians believe the Frasers came from France. It’s earliest form was de Frisselle or de Fresel.
The first recorded bearer of the name was Sir Simon Frasee, held lands in East Lothian.
In 1160 Symon Fraser gave a large donation to the Abbey of Kelso.

Bisset, Brewster, Cowie, Frew, Frissell, Frizell, Macgruer, Macimmey, MacKim, MacKimmie, MacShimes, MacSimon, MacSymon, MacTavish, Oliver, Sim, Sime, Simon, Simpson, Sims, Simson, Syme, Symon, Twaddle, Tweedie

Fraser as a first name dates back to the early 20th century.

GALBRAITH

The name means “forwigh Briton”

GILLIES

Pronounced – Gil-ees
An ecclesiastical name meaning ‘Servant’ or ‘Follower’. It is thought it referres to a monk.
From the Gaelic words Gille losa – servant of Jesus.
1128, Gillise witnessed a royal charter of the Holyrood Abby
1264 – Gylis, son of Angus the shoemaker paid homage to the Prior of St. Andrews
The name is said to have evolved into Elias in the 18th century but has once again become Gillies.

GORDON

The name Gor – dun meaning “hill-fort” The family probably came from France

The power of the chiefs of clan Gordon can be seen in their nick name
“The Cock o’ the North’

The use of the name as a first name was inspired by:
The bravery of General Gordon at the Siege of Khartoum in 1884 – 1885
The poet George Gordon better known as Lord Byron

Adam, Adamson, Addie, Adie, Addison, Aiken, Aitchison, Atkin, Atkins, Atkinson, Badenoch, Barrie, Connor, Connon, Craig, Cromb, Crombie, Cullen, Culane, Darg, Darge, Dorward, Duff, Durward, Eadie, Eddie, Edie, Edison, Esslemont, Garden, Gardiner, Gardner, Garioch, Garrick, Garroick, Geddes, Gerrie, Huntley, Huntly, Jessiman, Jopp, Jupp, Laing, Lang, Laurie, Lawrie, Leng, Ling, MacAdam, Mallett, Manteach, Marr, Maver, Meldrum, Mill, Mills, Milles, Miln, Milne, Milner, More, Morrice, Muir, Mylne, Steel, Teal, Tod, Todd, Troup.

ELLIOT

The Elliots of Redheugh were Captains of Hermitage Castle.

GRAHAM – GRAEME

“THE GALLANT GRAHAMS”

There are several thoughts on where the name came from:
It is thought to come from an English manor called Graegham (grey house).
Derived from Grantham in Lincolnshire. The literal meaning being from the Old English grand (gravel) ham (homestead)
The spelling Graeme comes from a family legend.
A Caledonian warrior named Gram or Gramus led a raiding party against the Romans, breaking down a section of the Antonine Wall. Thus the area became known as ‘Graeme’s Dyke’.

The marriage of the Grahams into the Strathearn family provided their principal estate, Aughterarder. It is thought the family has Anglo-Norman roots. The clan distingusihed themselves on the battlefield. John Graham of Clavenhouse was called by many of his enemies.”Bloody Clavers”

Airth , Allardice, Allardyce, Bonar, Bonnar, Bontein, Bontine, Buntain, Bunten, Buntine, Bunting, Graeme, Grahame, Grahym, Grim, Grymn, Hadden, Haldane, Macgibbon, Macgilvernock, Macgrime, Maharg, Menteith, Monteith, Pitcairn, Pye, Pyott.

CLAN GRANT

Grant is from the French word ‘grand’ (great or tall) introduced by the Normans.
The clan is associated with an ancient clan from Inverness.

Allan, Allen, Bisset, Bissett, Bowie, Buie,
Gilroy, MacAllan, Macgilroy, MacIlroy, MacKerran, MacKiaran, MacKessock, Pratt and Suttie

CLANN GUNN

Gallie, Gaunson, Georgeson, Henderson, Jameson, Jamieson, Johnson, Kean, Keens, MacComas, MacCorkill, MacCorkle, maclan, MacKames, MacKeamish, MacKean, MacRob, MacWilliam, Mann, Manson, Nelson, Robinson, Robson, Sandison, Swanson, Williamson, Wilson

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