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Where did the Scottish Menear family come from? What is the Scottish Menear family crest and coat of arms? When did the Menear family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Menear family history?In ancient Scotland, the ancestors of the Menear family were part of a tribe called the Picts. The name Menear is derived from the personal name John. The Gaelic form of their name was originally Mac-Iain-uidhir, which means son of dun John. However, the Menear family of Perth traditionally derive their name from M'an-oighre, which means son of the heir. Experts have also theorized that the surname Menear may be derived from Mac-an-fhuibir, which means son of the smith, or Mac-an-huidhir, which means son of the stranger.
The appearance of the printing press and the first dictionaries in the last few hundred years did much to standardize spelling. Prior to that time scribes spelled according to sound, a practice that resulted in many spelling variations. Menear has been spelled MacNair, MacNaire, MacNayer, MacNeir, MacNuir, Menair and many more.
First found in Perth, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Menear research. Another 155 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1392, 1526, 1546, and 1776 are included under the topic Early Menear History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 28 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Menear Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Menear family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 122 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The expense of the crossing to the North American colonies seemed small beside the difficulties of remaining in Scotland. It was a long and hard trip, but at its end lay the reward of freedom. Some Scots remained faithful to England and called themselves United Empire Loyalists, while others fought in the American War of Independence. Much of this lost Scottish heritage has been recovered in the last century through Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Menear: John McNair, a Highland Scott, from Kilkenny, Argyll, came to America in 1770 with his 2 surviving children and settled in Robeson County, North Carolina.
The Menear Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Menear 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.
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