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Mcnairy Surname History



The Picts were the ancient Scottish tribe where the ancestors of the Mcnairy family lived. The name Mcnairy comes from the personal name John. The Gaelic form of their name was originally Mac-Iain-uidhir, which means son of dun John. However, the Mcnairy family of Perth traditionally derive their name from M'an-oighre, which means son of the heir. Experts have also theorized that the surname Mcnairy 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 Mcnairy family


The surname Mcnairy 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 Mcnairy family


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

Mcnairy Spelling Variations


When the first dictionaries were invented in the last few hundred years, spelling gradually became standardized. Before that time, scribes spelled according to sound. Names were often recorded under different spelling variations every time they were written. Mcnairy has been written MacNair, MacNaire, MacNayer, MacNeir, MacNuir, Menair and many more.

Early Notables of the Mcnairy family (pre 1700)


Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mcnairy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Mcnairy family to Ireland


Some of the Mcnairy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 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 Mcnairy family to the New World and Oceana


The crossing to North America did not seem so great in comparison with the hardships many Scots endured at home. It was long, expensive, and cramped, but also rewarding. North America offered land and the chance for settlers to prove themselves in a new place. And many did prove themselves as they fought to forge a new nation in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of those Scots can now experience much of their once-lost heritage through the Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up across North America in the last century. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important, early immigrants to North America bearing the name of Mcnairy: 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.

Contemporary Notables of the name Mcnairy (post 1700)


  • Philip Frederick McNairy (1911-1989), American cleric, the Sixth Bishop of Minnesota in The Episcopal Church
  • John Marcus "Scoot" McNairy (b. 1977), American Screen Actors Guild Award winning actor and producer, known for 12 Years a Slave (2013), Argo (2012) and Monsters (2010)
  • Mark McNairy (b. 1961), American fashion designer, known for his eponymous line Mark McNairy New Amsterdam
  • John McNairy (1762-1837), American jurist, Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Tennessee (1797-1802), eponym of McNairy County, Tennessee
  • W. K. McNairy, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1924 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Leigh Harvey McNairy, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from North Carolina 3rd District, 2000 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • John McNairy (1762-1837), American politician, U.S. District Judge for Tennessee, 1797 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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