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The Picts of ancient Scotland were the tribe of the ancestors of the McNairy family. The name McNairy 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 McNairy family of Perth traditionally derive their name from M'an-oighre, which means son of the heir. Experts have also theorized that the surname McNairy may be derived from Mac-an-fhuibir, which means son of the smith, or Mac-an-huidhir, which means son of the stranger.

McNairy Early Origins



The surname McNairy 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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McNairy Spelling Variations


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McNairy Spelling Variations



Scribes in the Middle Ages did not have access to a set of spelling rules. They spelled according to sound, the result was a great number of spelling variations. In various documents, McNairy has been spelled MacNair, MacNaire, MacNayer, MacNeir, MacNuir, Menair and many more.

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McNairy Early History


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McNairy Early History



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

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McNairy Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McNairy Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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McNairy In Ireland


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McNairy In Ireland



Some of the McNairy 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



The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name McNairy: 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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name McNairy (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McNairy (post 1700)



  • Philip Frederick McNairy (1911-1989), American cleric, the Sixth Bishop of Minnesota in The Episcopal Church
  • John Marcus "Scoot" McNairy (b. 1977), American Screen Actors Guild Award winning actor and producer, known for 12 Years a Slave (2013), Argo (2012) and Monsters (2010)
  • Mark McNairy (b. 1961), American fashion designer, known for his eponymous line Mark McNairy New Amsterdam
  • John McNairy (1762-1837), American jurist, Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Tennessee (1797-1802), eponym of McNairy County, Tennessee
  • W. K. McNairy, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1924
  • Leigh Harvey McNairy, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from North Carolina 3rd District, 2000
  • John McNairy (1762-1837), American politician, U.S. District Judge for Tennessee, 1797

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    5. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
    6. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
    7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    8. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. 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. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
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    The McNairy Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McNairy 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 26 January 2016 at 13:29.

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