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Origins Available: English, Scottish

Where did the Scottish Hair family come from? What is the Scottish Hair family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hair family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hair family history?

Hair is a very old Scottish name that may even date back to the Dalriadan tribe of Scotland's western coast and Hebrides islands. It comes from Ir. O'hlr means descendant of Ir.

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Spelling variations are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. Hair has been spelled Hare, Hair, Hehir, Hehr, Heher and others.

First found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hair research. Another 182 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1686, 1760, 1775, 1792, 1795, 1834, 1842, and 1855 are included under the topic Early Hair History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 46 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hair Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hair family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 203 words(14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hairs to arrive in North America:

Hair Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Samuel Hair, aged 33, landed in New Yolk in 1719
  • Christopher Hair, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Christopher Hair, aged 21, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753

Hair Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Hair, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • James Hair, who arrived in New York in 1836
  • Frederick Hair, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • Robert Hair, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868

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The Hair Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hair Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 30 May 2014 at 18:13.

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