McNiter History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the McNiter family

The surname McNiter 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 McNiter family

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McNiter 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 McNiter family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the McNiter family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Ann McNider, John McNider, and Margaret McNider, who were all on record in Quebec in 1797; Mary McNider, who died on route to Quebec in 1847; Mathew McNider, who was on record in Santa Clara Co., CA in 1870.



  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)


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