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Macnair Surname History



The Picts of ancient Scotland were the tribe of the ancestors of the Macnair family. The name Macnair 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 Macnair family of Perth traditionally derive their name from M'an-oighre, which means son of the heir. Experts have also theorized that the surname Macnair may be derived from Mac-an-fhuibir, which means son of the smith, or Mac-an-huidhir, which means son of the stranger.


Early Origins of the Macnair family


The surname Macnair was 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.

Further to the south in England, the Menaire, Menear, Manhire and other variants claim descent from Walter Maenhir who was listed in Devon in 1293. The very rare variant Manhire traces back to Ellis Menheire who was listed in Devon in 1642. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


Early History of the Macnair family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Macnair research.
Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1392, 1526, 1546, 1776 and are included under the topic Early Macnair History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Macnair Spelling Variations


Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, Macnair has been spelled MacNair, MacNaire, MacNayer, MacNeir, MacNuir, Menair and many more.

Early Notables of the Macnair family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Macnair family to Ireland


Some of the Macnair family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Macnair family to the New World and Oceana


The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Macnair:

Macnair Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Alexander MacNair, who landed in Maine in 1651-1652 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Contemporary Notables of the name Macnair (post 1700)


  • Rachel M. MacNair (b. 1958), American sociologist and psychologist
  • Frances MacNair (1873-1921), née MacDonald, a Scottish artist; her work contributed to the development of the "Glasgow Style" during the 1890s
  • James Herbert Macnair (1868-1955), Scottish architect and designer; his work contributed to the development of the "Glasgow Style" during the 1890s
  • Peter Livesay Macnair (b. 1940), Canadian anthropologist, Curator of Ethnology at the Royal British Columbia Museum (1965-1996)
  • Air Marshall James MacNair,

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Citations


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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