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The roots of the name Aird are found among the Strathclyde-Briton people of the ancient Scottish/English Borderlands. Aird was originally found in Ayrshire. Aird is a very small village, in the parish of Inch, county of Wigton and in the late 1800s had only 18 inhabitants. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


Aird Early Origins



The surname Aird was first found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire. There are two possible origins of the surname: from Aird near Hurlford, Ayrshire; or from Aird, a village, in the parish of Inch, county of Wigton. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
As mentioned above, the latter village had only 18 inhabitants [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
in a reference dated 1846, one must agree with Black that the family likely came from the village near Hurlford. "The Airds of Holl and the Airds of Nether Catrine in Ayrshire were ranked as old families." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

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Aird Spelling Variations


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Aird Spelling Variations



In the era before dictionaries, there were no rules governing the spelling or translation of names or any other words. Consequently, there are an enormous number of spelling variations in Medieval Scottish names. Aird has appeared as Aird, Ard, Ayrd and others.

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Aird Early History


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Aird Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Aird research. Another 375 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1526, 1687, 1696, 1697, 1833, 1911 and 1902 are included under the topic Early Aird History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Aird Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Aird Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Aird Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The freedom, opportunity, and land of the North American colonies beckoned. There, Scots found a place where they were generally free from persecution and where they could go on to become important players in the birth of new nations. Some fought in the American War of Independence, while others went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of these Scottish settlers have been able to recover their lost national heritage in the last century through highland games and Clan societies in North America. Among them:

Aird Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Aird, who landed in Mississippi in 1895 [3]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)

Aird Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Annie Aird, aged 42, who landed in America from Paisley, Scotland, in 1907
  • Elizabeth Aird, aged 16, who landed in America from Paisley, Scotland, in 1907
  • Francis Aird, aged 40, who landed in America from Glasgow, in 1907
  • Catherine Aird, aged 2, who settled in America from Bensley, Scotland, in 1909
  • Agnes Aird, aged 5, who landed in America from Bensley, Scotland, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Aird Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Amy F. Aird, aged 50, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1910
  • Eleanor Aird, aged 50, who emigrated to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1910
  • Esther Aird, aged 21, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1913
  • Eleanor L. Aird, aged 58, who settled in Toronto, Canada, in 1918
  • Alison Aird, aged 25, who emigrated to Montreal, Canada, in 1922

Aird Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Aird, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Nestor" in 1849 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NESTOR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Nestor.gif

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Contemporary Notables of the name Aird (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Aird (post 1700)



  • Robert Burns Aird (1903-2000), American educator and physician, founder of the department of Neurology at the University of California at San Francisco
  • John "Jock" Rae Aird (b. 1926), Scottish-born former association football player
  • Thomas Aird (1802-1876), Scottish poet
  • Sir John Renton Aird (1898-1973), 3rd Baronet of Hyde Park Terrace in the County of London
  • Sir John Aird (1861-1934), 2nd Baronet of Hyde Park Terrace in the County of London
  • Sir George John Aird (b. 1940), 4th Baronet of Hyde Park Terrace in the County of London, a British peer, Page of Honour to The Queen from 1955 to 1957
  • Sir John Aird (1885-1938), Canadian banker, President of the Canadian Bank of Commerce (1924-1929)
  • John Black Aird CC OOnt QC (1923-1995), Canadian politician, the 23rd Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, (1980 to 1985)
  • Fraser Aird (b. 1995), Canadian-born Scottish footballer from Toronto
  • Imogen Holly Aird (b. 1969), English television actress, best known for her role on the BBC1 drama series Waking the Dead
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vigilantia
Motto Translation: Vigilance.


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Citations


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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) NESTOR 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Nestor.gif

Other References

  1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  10. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
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The Aird Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Aird 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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