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Gender: M Pronunciation: HAY-mish Meaning of Hamish: "supplanter" Origin of Hamish: Scottish variation of James

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Just as Seamus/Seumus is Irish for James, Hamish is the Scottish form — one that's not often used here, but still redolent of Olde Scotland. If you're ready to go further than Duncan and Malcolm, out to Laird and Ewan territory, this may be worth consideration. It also sounds just like the Yiddish word for homey.

In Scotland, where it became popular in the second half of the nineteenth century, Hamish is a nickname for a Highlander, and it's a high-ranking name in South Australia, where it's currently in the Top 50.

Some people may have become familiar with Hamish via one of the grooms in Four Weddings and a Funeral.

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Famous People Named Hamish

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Pop Culture References for the Name Hamish

Hamish Alexander, in the Honorverse novels by David Weber
John Hamish Watson, from the television show Sherlock
Hamish "Hammie" McPherson, from the comic Baby Blues
Hamish a friend of Wm. Wallace in Braveheart
Hamish is one of the redheaded triplets in the Pixar movie 'Brave' (Harris and Hubert are the other two)
Hamish Ascot, Alice's would-be fiance in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland
Hamish Macbeth, a BBC Scotland television program
Hamish Macbeth, protagonist of the Hamish Macbeth mystery series by M. C. Beaton
John Hamish Watson from Sherlock