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The name Mair is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name was given to a person who was a person who held the office of mayor. The surname was originally derived from the Old English word maire, which referred to the officer who was in charge of executing summonses and other legal matters. Therefore, the original bearer of the surname Mair held the office of Mayor. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


Mair Early Origins



The surname Mair was first found in Cheshire at Mere, a township, in the parish of Rosthern, union of Altrincham, hundred of Bucklow. The place name dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was first listed as Mera. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
Literally, the place name means "(place at) the pool or lake," from the Old English word "mere." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Alternatively, the surname could have originated at Mere in Wiltshire, a market-town and parish, and the head of a union, in the hundred of Mere. This parish was listed in the Domesday Book, but with the current spelling of Mere. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
In this case, "the name of this place is derived from the Saxon word Mæra, signifying bounds or limits, and indicates its situation on the borders of the counties of Wilts, Somerset, and Dorset. In 1253, permission was given by Henry III. to Richard, Earl of Cornwall, to build and fortify a castle on his manor of Mere, and the manor has ever since been attached to the duchy of Cornwall. " [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

The family was listed in the Roll of Battle Abbey as companions to William the Conqueror. "The descendants of this Norman knight occupied a prominent position in Staffordshire, in the time of the early Plantagenets. William de Mere occurs as High Sheriff of that county, temp. Edward II., and in the next reign, Peter de la Mere filled the Speaker's chair in the House of Commons. At an early period, the family possessed the manor of Maer, co. Stafford, and are also found resident at Norton, in the Moors. " [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.
For centuries the township of Lartington in the North Riding of Yorkshire belonged to the Maire family until the 16th century when it was passed by marriage to the Lawsons, of Brough. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Mair Spelling Variations


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Mair Spelling Variations



Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Mair family name include Maire, Myer, Myers, Mair, Maires, Mayers, Meyers, Meire, Meir, Mere and many more.

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Mair Early History


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Mair Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mair research. Another 315 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1453, 1477, 1544, 1379, 1467, 1550 and are included under the topic Early Mair History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mair Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mair Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mair Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mair In Ireland


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Mair In Ireland



Some of the Mair family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 159 words (11 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



For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Mair or a variant listed above:

Mair Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Daniel Mair settled in New York in 1774
  • Peter Mair settled in Maryland in 1774
  • Daniel Mair, aged 35, arrived in New York in 1774

Mair Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Charles Mair, aged 28, landed in New York in 1812
  • H Mair, aged 28, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1822
  • Hugh Mair, who landed in New York in 1825
  • Andreas Mair, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1850
  • Thomas Mair arrived in Philadelphia, PA between 1840 and 1860

Mair Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Mair, who arrived in Canada in 1820

Mair Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Mair, aged 28, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "John Bunyan"

Mair Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • G Mair landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1829
  • R Mair landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1830
  • Gilbert Mair landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • John Mair, aged 22, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "La Hogue" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mair (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mair (post 1700)



  • Tom Mair, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for Michigan, 2012
  • Robert Mair, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Michigan State Senate 12th District, 1982
  • Charles R. Mair, American politician, Representative from New York 41st District, 1914
  • Angharad Mair (b. 1960), Welsh television presenter
  • Gilbert Mair (1799-1857), Scottish-born, New Zealand sailor and a merchant trader, progenitor of the Mair family of New Zealand
  • James McKay Mair (b. 1946), Canadian retired professional ice hockey player
  • Peter Mair (1951-2011), Irish political scientist
  • Dame Sarah Elizabeth Siddons Mair DBE (1846-1941), Scottish campaigner for women's education and women's suffrage
  • David Mair (b. 1980), Italian two-time gold, silver and bronze medalist luger and skeleton racer
  • Robert James Mair CBE FREng FICE FRS, British geotechnologist
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ Burke, John Bernard, The Roll of Battle Abbey. London: Edward Churton, 26, Holles Street, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  5. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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The Mair Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mair 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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