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

The name Hamish is a boy's name of Scottish origin meaning "supplanter". Hamish and is often added to lists like British Boy Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

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.

Find other names based on Hamish using our baby name generator.

Famous People Named Hamish

Hamish Linklater, American actor
Hamish Donald Blake, Australian comedian
Hamish Bowles, English fashion journalist
(James) Hamish Stuart, Scottish musician of the Average White Band
Hamish Hartlett, Australian rules footballer
Hamish McIntosh, Australian rules footballer
Hamish John Hamilton Marshall, New Zealand cricketer; twin brother James Marshall
Milo Hamish Ferguson (b. 2001), son of TV host and actor Craig Ferguson
Hamish Carter, gymnast for Scotland and Great Britain

Pop Culture References for the name Hamish

Hamish "Hammie" McPherson, character in comic strip "Baby Blues"
Hamish, character in movie "Braveheart"
Hamish, brother of Merida in Pixar's 'Brave," triplet brothers Harris and Hubert
Hamish Ascot, Alice's would-be fiance in movie "Alice in Wonderland"
"Hamish Macbeth," series by M. C. Beaton, British TV series, and its main character
Hamish Alexander, character in the Honorverse series by David Weber
Hamish and Dougal, characters on British radio comedy series "I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue" and "You'll Have Had Your Tea"
John Hamish Watson, character in Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes series


April Ludgate Says:


All I can see is ham.



Well my name is Hamish and I am insulted by this comment

MaryKathryn Says:


I much prefer Haymitch over Hamish. Though, I can see the appeal with it being Scottish and a variation of James.

otheralix Says:


I think this name is definitely more approachable, usable, and pronounceable now, especially with the Hunger Games character Haymitch, a very similar sounding name. With the rise of British names and culture crossing the ocean and seas, I see this being used more and more.

snowsbeloved Says:


I think of ham and bacon too :( also American

Sophielacey92 Says:


Disclaimer, this is opinion of an american jew not scottish in any way:
I do not like the way this name sounds, reminds me of "hamen" the villian from the Purim story. Has sound similar to "hate". and "-Ish" seems like an undesirable ending. Like, "How are you feeling today?" "Oh, a little nauseous and a little hamish but im okay." What color is that? Oh pink-sih blue-ish ham-ish. Tastes a little bacony and ham-ish. I think i made my point.
Every parent can make their own decision but i am just being honest since most people will not criticise your choice to your face....
no offense to scotland, the sound fits in with their use of language, i am relaying my opinion based on my experiences as an american not being accustomed to this name (as in, if you are american this is what other americans may possibly think too since this is a scottish name and we do not speak in the same way that scottish people do, some names translate beautifully others should stay across the pond.)

cyoung325 Says:


I really love how this names sounds, but I'm afraid to use it in the US especially because we aren't Scottish. We actually have a very German last name and so I think it would seem odd. I would love to see it used by someone else though as I think it would be so cute and yet handsome for a young man.

dovah Says:


Still seriously considering this as a potential name for a (hopefully) future son. I haven't gotten great feedback on using it in the US, but I don't think I really care. I have lots of time to decide.

lesliemarion Says:


This is such a cozy name. Love it.