The background history of the name MacNary starts in ancient Scotland
among the Pictish people. The name MacNary 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 MacNary family of Perth traditionally derive their name from M'an-oighre,
which means son of the heir.
Experts have also theorized that the surname MacNary may be derived from Mac-an-fhuibir,
which means son of the smith,
which means son of the stranger.
Early Origins of the MacNary family
The surname MacNary 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.
Early History of the MacNary family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacNary research.Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1392, 1526, 1546, and 1776 are included under the topic Early MacNary History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
MacNary Spelling Variations
Prior to the invention of the printing press in the last hundred
years, documents were basically unique. Names were written according to sound, and often appeared differently each time they were recorded. Spelling variations
of the name MacNary include MacNair, MacNaire, MacNayer, MacNeir, MacNuir, Menair and many more.
Early Notables of the MacNary family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the MacNary family to Ireland
Some of the MacNary 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.
Migration of the MacNary family to the New World and Oceana
The freedom of the North American colonies was enticing, and many Scots left to make the great crossing. It was a long and hard journey, but its reward was a place where there was more land than people and tolerance was far easier to come by. Many of these people came together to fight for a new nation in the American War of Independence
, while others remained loyal to the old order as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of Scots in North America have recovered much of this heritage in the 20th century through Clan
societies and other such organizations. A search of immigration and passenger lists revealed many important and early immigrants to North America bearing the name of MacNary: 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.