Not sure what happened, the message went as soon as I started to type, the regiment you are talking about is presumably the one described in the articles on this website as the 'North Carolina Highlanders'. Not too sure where the 'Royal' tag fits in but it seems that the regiments exact name was flexible, Lt Donald MacCrummen, one of the last of the Skye piping family who served in the regiment describes it in his own words simply as ' the Highland Militia raised in North Carolina in 1774'. He then moved on to the 84th in 1776, for which regiment he 'procured' 42 men, then in 1778 he was removed to the British Legion before being captured just after the battle of Camden.
As far as the names go the only one included in Blacks 'The Surnames of Scotland' is Hyndman, which he describes as being of Renfrewshire origin, although he does note an 'Annie Heyman' who was at a meeting of witches in Bute in 1662 and suggests that her name was intended for Hyndman. The rest of the versions you give all seem to locate in the far south of England, however returning to the Hayman version of the name, I remember seeing it among some Kintyre names in the early 18th century although it no longer exists there today. If your ancestor was indeed a Gaelic speaker then Kintyre was a mixed Gaelic and Lowland population by the 1700's and there was some emigration to Carolina I believe, so might be worth investigating further.
I am not sure as to the positive origin of this regiment, but only that my ancestor William Hayman (many variations to spelling of last name which include Hyndman, Haymand, Amon, Hammon, ect) was born in 1757 in Scotland, and was a member of this regiment during the American Revolution. After the Revolution, he was given a land grant in County Harbor, Guysborough, Nova Scotia. He sailed on board the "Argo" from St. Augustine,Florida in 1783 to Nova Scotia. Upon landing, the land was found to be uninhabitable, so he moved on to Tatamagouche, Colchester County, Nova Scotia, and settled there. We have very few clues as to his origins, other than historical papers written of his "Scots" origin. It is our understanding that when he settled in Nova Scotia, he spoke Gaelic at least in his home, and for a few generations many of his descendants did as well. I would love to find out more about his history, and parentage. There are perhaps hundreds of his descendants searching for him. My direct email is email@example.com and I would love to hear from any one with a suggestion as to how to find out more on his family in Scotland, or from any descendants of his.
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