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The first family to use the name MacNair lived among the Pictish people of ancient Scotland. The name MacNair 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 MacNair family of Perth traditionally derive their name from M'an-oighre, which means son of the heir. Experts have also theorized that the surname MacNair may be derived from Mac-an-fhuibir, which means son of the smith, or Mac-an-huidhir, which means son of the stranger.

MacNair Early Origins



The surname MacNair 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.

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MacNair Spelling Variations


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MacNair Spelling Variations



Repeated and inaccurate translation of Scottish names from Gaelic to English and back resulted in a wide variety of spelling variations with single names. MacNair has appeared MacNair, MacNaire, MacNayer, MacNeir, MacNuir, Menair and many more.

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MacNair Early History


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MacNair Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacNair research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1392, 1526, 1546, and 1776 are included under the topic Early MacNair History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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MacNair Early Notables (pre 1700)


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MacNair Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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MacNair In Ireland


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MacNair In Ireland



Some of the MacNair family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Many Scottish families suffered enormous hardships and were compelled to leave their country of birth. They traveled to Ireland and Australia, but mostly to the colonies of North America, where many found the freedom and opportunity they sought. It was not without a fight, though, as many were forced to stand up and defend their freedom in the American War of Independence. The ancestors of these Scots abroad have rediscovered their heritage in the last century through the Clan societies and other organizations that have sprung up across North Ameri ca. Immigration and passenger ship lists show some important early immigrants bearing the name MacNair:

MacNair Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Alexander MacNair, who landed in Maine in 1651-1652

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Contemporary Notables of the name MacNair (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name MacNair (post 1700)



  • Rachel M. MacNair (b. 1958), American sociologist and psychologist
  • Frances MacNair (1873-1921), née MacDonald, a Scottish artist; her work contributed to the development of the "Glasgow Style" during the 1890s
  • James Herbert Macnair (1868-1955), Scottish architect and designer; his work contributed to the development of the "Glasgow Style" during the 1890s
  • Peter Livesay Macnair (b. 1940), Canadian anthropologist, Curator of Ethnology at the Royal British Columbia Museum (1965-1996)
  • Air Marshall James MacNair,

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    4. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    5. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
    7. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    8. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    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. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
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    The MacNair Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The MacNair 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.

    This page was last modified on 25 November 2014 at 18:49.

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