In ancient Scotland
, the ancestors of the McNeir family were part of a tribe called the Picts
. The name McNeir 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 McNeir family of Perth traditionally derive their name from M'an-oighre,
which means son of the heir.
Experts have also theorized that the surname McNeir may be derived from Mac-an-fhuibir,
which means son of the smith,
which means son of the stranger.
Early Origins of the McNeir family
The surname McNeir 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. 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 McNeir family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McNeir research.Another 144 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1392, 1526, 1546, 1776 and are included under the topic Early McNeir History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McNeir Spelling Variations
The arts of spelling and translation were yet in their infancies when surnames began, so there are an enormous number of spelling variations
of the names in early Scottish records. This is a particular problem with Scottish names because of the numerous times a name might have been loosely translated to English from Gaelic and back. McNeir has been spelled MacNair, MacNaire, MacNayer, MacNeir, MacNuir, Menair and many more.
Early Notables of the McNeir family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the McNeir family to Ireland
Some of the McNeir family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 123 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McNeir family to the New World and Oceana
This oppression forced many Scots to leave their homelands. Most of these chose North America as their destination. Although the journey left many sick and poor, these immigrants were welcomed the hardy with great opportunity. Many of these settlers stood up for their newfound freedom in the American War of Independence
. More recently, Scots abroad have recovered much of their collective heritage through highland games and other patriotic functions and groups. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has located various settlers bearing the name McNeir:
McNeir Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- G McNeir, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 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 McNeir (post 1700)
- George McNeir, American politician, Postmaster at Annapolis, Maryland, 1842-44
- Forest McNeir, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Louisiana 1st District, 1994