McNider History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the McNider family

The surname McNider 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 McNider family

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McNider 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 McNider family (pre 1700)

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United States McNider migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McNider Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Mathew McNider, who was on record in Santa Clara Co. CA in 1870

Canada McNider migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McNider Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Ann, John, and Margaret McNider, who were all on record in Quebec in 1797
McNider Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Mary McNider, who died on route to Quebec in 1847
  • Ms. Mary McNider, aged 20 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "James Moran" departing 22nd May 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 11th July 1847 but she died on board [2]
  • Charlotte McNider, who was on record in the census of Ontario, Canada of 1871

Contemporary Notables of the name McNider (post 1700) +

  • James Small McNider (1880-1957), American politician and lawyer, member of North Carolina state House of Representatives from Perquimans County (1913-15)
  • James Small McNider (1880-1957), American Democratic Party politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Perquimans County, 1913-15; Member of North Carolina State Senate 1st District, 1915-16
  • C. H. McNider, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Iowa, 1916


  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. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 89)


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