A study of the Celtic land name
and the surnames
"Drimmie or Drummie"

being of Scottish origin namely from that region of Scotland known as
"The How Of The Mearns" in Kincardineshire,
has given rise to this one-name study
I hope that it will be as interesting for you to read
as it was for me to compile.

A one-name study is a project researching all occurrences of a surname,
as opposed to a particular pedigree (ancestors of one person)
or descendancy (descendants of one person or couple).
Some "one-namers" may restrict their research geographically,
perhaps to one country,
but true one-namers collect all occurrences world-wide.
A one-name study may concentrate on aspects such as
geographical distribution of the name
and the changes in that distribution over the centuries,
or may attempt to reconstruct the genealogy
of as many lines as possible bearing the name.
A frequent aim is to identify,
a single original location of the name,
especially if the name appears to derive from a place name.
But for many names,
for example those indicating an occupation like Butcher,
or a patronymic-type surname such as Peterson,
there will not be a single origin.

In the case of our own surname "Drimmie or Drummie"
it is quite possible that it is derived from a single location.
However with more than one place named Drimmie
and a few also of Drummie
in both Ireland and Scotland
I doubt that we can tie it down to a single site.

Given that the family had been for a considerable time in
the "Howe of The Mearns",
Fettercairn, Laurencekirk, Marykirk and Montrose area,
it is not inconceivable to assume a domicile there
for a good few centurys prior to the earliest extant records.
Parish records and wills take us to the late 1500's
Other recorded notes can push back
a further two hundred years to 1309 and 1325,
With our name being of Celtic origin it is possible,
but total conjecture on my part
that as W. J. Watson and others have shown we may have.......
"sprung from a Munster family which had settled in the Mearns about A.D. 400."
Quoted from William J. Watson
"The History of the Celtic Place-Names of Scotland"

Indeed it may be that our surname derives,
not from a Scottish landform given a gaelic name
after the encroachment of the Dalriadic Scots
but came over with the Munster family
who settled in the "Howe of The Mearns" circa 400,
as a family name actually in use then.
The slender thread which I cling to here is that
we do have our abbot of Tuilen "Dub Druman" circa 759

Druim The Historical Background
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Last Update To This Page 14th November 2004 ©Alan Mitchell Drummie 2004