were the ancient Scottish tribe where the ancestors of the Nayar family lived. The name Nayar 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 Nayar family of Perth traditionally derive their name from M'an-oighre,
which means son of the heir.
Experts have also theorized that the surname Nayar may be derived from Mac-an-fhuibir,
which means son of the smith,
which means son of the stranger.
Early Origins of the Nayar family
The surname Nayar 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 Nayar family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nayar research.Another 144 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1392, 1526, 1546, 1776 and are included under the topic Early Nayar History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Nayar 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. Nayar has been written MacNair, MacNaire, MacNayer, MacNeir, MacNuir, Menair and many more.
Early Notables of the Nayar family (pre 1700)
Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nayar Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Nayar family to Ireland
Some of the Nayar 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 Nayar 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 Nayar: 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.