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Hamish is a strong, Scottish name. I like its lively but traditional sound! I much prefer it and Jamie compared with James.
Felie  11/27/2018
One of Merida's triplet brothers in Brave.
kayisforkeen  8/26/2018
I always find James such a boring name, too common, with a strange and ugly sound. Sorry for the Jameses but I never loved this name. Hamish is better than James because it's more original after all, even if it doesn't seem a cognate of my beloved name in his original form: Jacob.
Jake Fax  7/5/2016
The name Hamish was given to 20 boys born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/21/2016
This is a nice name. I completely agree with the comment about "Haymitch" (which I almost actually kinda prefer?) being one of the "futurized" names in The Hunger Games... it's like a variation of this, or a combination of it with Mitch/Mitchell.
A lot of the Capitol residents do have traditional, classic names with historical meanings/associations/namesakes that relate to the characters, but people in the districts seem to prefer names that have "evolved" from others over time.
IEnjoyTonsOGoodNames  3/28/2015
At first glance, I wasn't a fan at all, but the more I see it the more it grows on me. I'm seriously considering using it as a middle name. There's something really sweet about it, but it ages very well.
― Anonymous User  8/29/2013
It reminds me of Haymitch, a character in the Hunger Games.
thesnowwhiterose  5/21/2013
To add to what thesnowwhiterose commented, there has been some speculation that Haymitch's name was intended to be a modernization (futurization?) of Hamish.

Basically, since The Hunger Games takes place in the future, names will evolve and shift. The Capital obviously enjoys Latin/Roman names, but among a well-read people, it's easier to keep those names constant even over centuries and millennia. It's been theorized that in the poorer districts, names started to shift and evolve more as people stopped reading/studying for anything other than necessity. As such, you have names that changed spellings like Bristel and Hazelle and names that evolved like Peeta (possibly from Peter), Leevy (possibly from the word levee), and Haymitch (possibly from Hamish).
AniMartin  1/3/2015
The middle name of John Watson in the BBC series Sherlock, also the most popular choice for his son's name in fanfiction. (Alright, his and Sherlock's son. No getting around the shipping on that bit, LOL!)
Rainears  1/31/2013
Hamish is a character's name in both the Academy Award winning film "Braveheart" and Disney Pixar's "Brave" - two movies set in Scotland.
― Anonymous User  12/26/2012
It's hypothesised that Dr. John Watson from the Sherlock Holmes stories has the middle name Hamish.
chelamarie  1/29/2012
Hamish Cargill, Australian eventer and one half of Hamish & Dave.
itskokosfault  3/5/2011
Sounds blatantly Yiddish, but I like it.
Chrila96  1/20/2011
Hamish Rosser (b 1974), drummer for Australian garage rock band The Vines.

Hamish Blake (b 1981), Australian comedian, actor, author and radio host, best known as one half of the comic duo Hamish and Andy (with Andy Lee).

Hamish McDonald is an Australian broadcast journalist for Al Jazeera English.
keepitreal  1/15/2011
I think it's hilarious how many people have no idea how to say it. I take the name for granted, it's just normal here.

"HAY mish"! No HAM involved.

Reminds me of a discussion about the name Hamish Reuben and how silly it was. I just didn't get it. No one calls a sandwich Reuben where I come from and since there's no "ham" sound in Hamish I was puzzled as to all the stupid giggling over it.
― Anonymous User  11/6/2008
It is absolutely correct to say that Hamish is from Sheumuis which is the vocative case of Seumus except for the vocative particle "a" has been omitted. [noted -ed]

When talking to someone called Seumus one says "a Sheumuis!" which is pronounced /a haymush/. [a masculine Indo-European o-stem changes its "broad" final consonant to a "slender" final consonant] which in the case of s is like an English sh. But as sh is pronounced like an English h, another system has to be used. That system is based on the rule that a consonant in close contact with a front vowel [e or i] is pronounced slender. So s near a e I or I = sh sound. That is why Seán is pronounced Shawn.
Deas23242  7/8/2008
The name will always remind me of the German word "hämisch" which looks a lot like Hamish and which is even pronounced alike. Well, not exactly, of course, but if any English-speaking person would speak out the word "hämisch", it would probably just sound like the name Hamish.
LoQuiero  2/2/2008
Comedian Hamish Blake is a famous bearer of this name.
Drak  7/13/2007
Pronounced HAY-mish.
MissMarmelstein  7/4/2007
I LOVE this sweet name. It's really cute and sweet for a little boy, yet masculine as well! I'm naming one of my sons this for sure.
Emeline  6/29/2007
Strong, masculane name. IT'S AWESOME, kinda reminds me of the name Angus.
bellaboo  11/13/2006
Sounds more like an Indian name to me.
― Anonymous User  11/8/2006
Yeah but it's Scottish.
― Anonymous User  11/13/2006

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