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Origins Available: English, Scottish


Hair is a very old Scottish name that may even date back to the Dalriadan tribe of Scotland's western coast and Hebrides islands. It comes from Ir. O'hlr means descendant of Ir.

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The surname Hair 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, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Spelling variations are a very common occurrence in records of early Scottish names. They result from the repeated and inaccurate translations that many names went through in the course of various English occupations of Scotland. Hair has been spelled Hare, Hair, Hehir, Hehr, Heher and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hair research. Another 182 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1686, 1760, 1775, 1792, 1795, 1834, 1842, and 1855 are included under the topic Early Hair History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hair Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Hair family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hairs to arrive in North America:

Hair Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Samuel Hair, aged 33, landed in New Yolk in 1719
  • Christopher Hair, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Christopher Hair, aged 21, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753

Hair Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John Hair, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • James Hair, who arrived in New York in 1836
  • Frederick Hair, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • Robert Hair, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1868

Hair Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Patrick P Hair, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1826

Hair Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Hair arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Susannah" in 1849
  • Michael Hair, aged 23, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Omega"
  • Patrick Hair, aged 25, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Omega"
  • Mary Hair, aged 17, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Omega"

Hair Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Hair landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Middlesex
  • William Hair, aged 40, a farm labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Margaret Hair, aged 28, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • Ann Hair, aged 9, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841

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  • T. E. Hair, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1884
  • Sarah Hair, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Hawaii, 2004
  • Mattox Hair, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Florida 4th District, 1992
  • Lacy Hair, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from North Carolina, 1964
  • John S. Hair, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1904
  • J. W. Hair, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Mississippi, 1916
  • George W. Hair, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from North Carolina, 1956
  • George E. Hair, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 47th District, 1895-98
  • C. Edwin Hair, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1936; Mayor of Benton, Illinois, 1942, 1953-54; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 25th District, 1952


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  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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The Hair Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hair 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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