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McNear is an ancient Pictish-Scottish name. It 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 McNear family of Perth traditionally derive their name from M'an-oighre, which means son of the heir. Experts have also theorized that the surname McNear may be derived from Mac-an-fhuibir, which means son of the smith, or Mac-an-huidhir, which means son of the stranger.

McNear Early Origins



The surname McNear 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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McNear Spelling Variations


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McNear Spelling Variations



Translation has done much to alter the appearance of many Scottish names. It was a haphazard process that lacked a basic system of rules. Spelling variations were a common result of this process. McNear has appeared MacNair, MacNaire, MacNayer, MacNeir, MacNuir, Menair and many more.

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McNear Early History


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McNear Early History



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

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McNear Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McNear Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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McNear In Ireland


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McNear In Ireland



Some of the McNear 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 Scots left their country to travel to the North American colonies in search of the freedom they could not find at home. Of those who survived the difficult voyage, many found the freedom they so desired. There they could choose their own beliefs and allegiances. Some became United Empire Loyalists and others fought in the American War of Independence. The Clan societies and highland games that have sprung up in the last century have allowed many of these disparate Scots to recover their collective national identity. A search of immigration and passenger ship lists revealed many early settlers bearing the McNear name:

McNear Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Seward P. McNear, aged 22, who landed in America, in 1894

McNear Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Harrison Alex McNear, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Harrison A. McNear, aged 40, who landed in America from Gibraltar, Spain, in 1911
  • Geo McNear, aged 37, who landed in America, in 1911
  • George W. McNear, aged 15, who emigrated to San Francisco, Cal, in 1913
  • Louise McNear, aged 19, who settled in Petaluma, Calif., in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name McNear (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McNear (post 1700)



  • Howard Terbell McNear (1905-1969), American film, television and radio character actor, best remembered as Floyd Lawson, the barber in The Andy Griffith Show

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
    2. 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).
    3. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
    4. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
    5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    6. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
    7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    8. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

    The McNear Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McNear 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 28 January 2016 at 19:48.

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