MacNider History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the MacNider family

The surname MacNider 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.

A very rare name, Mac an fhigheadair in Gaelic, means 'son of the weaver. ' The first record of the name appeared fairly late: Matho M'Nedyr who was burgess of Ayr, 1471. Later, John Makneddar resigned certain annual rents to the Friars Preachers of Ayr, 1515. "Three Maknedars, followers of the earl of Cassilis, were respited for murder in 1526. John McNettar, fisherman in Inverness, 1557, John M'Knedar, clerk of Glasgow diocese, 1567; and John McKnedar, notary in Prestwick, 1575, may be the John McKnedar, burgess of Ayr in 1585, who appears as cautioner for Oswald McKnedar in £200." [1]

Early History of the MacNider family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our MacNider research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1592, 1604, 1608, 1932 and 1589 are included under the topic Early MacNider History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

MacNider Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: McNider, McNiter, McNidder, McKneder, McKnider, McNoder, McNedar, McNeder, Mackneder, Macknedar and many more.

Early Notables of the MacNider family (pre 1700)

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


United States MacNider migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

MacNider Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mrs Stanley MacNider, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Stanley MacNider, aged 50, who immigrated to America, in 1895
  • Archibald Macnider, aged 62, who immigrated to the United States from Southampton, in 1897
MacNider Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Archibald Macnider, aged 39, who landed in America from London, in 1904
  • James Stanley MacNider, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States, in 1913
  • Henry J. MacNider, aged 43, who settled in America, in 1922

Contemporary Notables of the name MacNider (post 1700) +

  • Brigadier-General Hanford MacNider (1889-1968), American Assistant Secretary for War (1925-1928) [2]
  • Charles H. MacNider (b. 1860), president of the First National Bank of Mason City, eponym of the MacNider Art Museum, Iowa
  • Hanford “Jack” MacNider (1889-1968), United States diplomat and Brigadier General in the United States Army
  • Mathew Macnider (1762-1820), Scottish-born businessman, seigneur and political figure in Canada
  • Mr. Adam Lymburner MacNider (1778-1840), born in Quebec, prominent merchant and auctioneer in Montreal, Director of the Montreal Savings Bank 1819, in 1820 he was commissioned an ensign, by 1828 he became captain serving through till 1838, 1821 he helped to establish the General Hospital, he served as Grand Juror 1824 – 1827, Justice of the peace in 1830, commissioner on the Montreal Board of Health in 1832 during the Cholera epidemic


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, April 11) Hanford MacNider. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/MacNider/Hanford/USA.html


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