of ancient Scotland
were the tribe of the ancestors of the Minear family. The name Minear 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 Minear family of Perth traditionally derive their name from M'an-oighre,
which means son of the heir.
Experts have also theorized that the surname Minear may be derived from Mac-an-fhuibir,
which means son of the smith,
which means son of the stranger.
Early Origins of the Minear family
The surname Minear 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.
Further to the south in England, the Menaire, Menear, Manhire and other variants claim descent from Walter Maenhir who was listed in Devon in 1293. The very rare variant Manhire traces back to Ellis Menheire who was listed in Devon in 1642. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Early History of the Minear family
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Minear Spelling Variations
Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred
years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations
are common among Scottish names. Minear has been spelled MacNair, MacNaire, MacNayer, MacNeir, MacNuir, Menair and many more.
Early Notables of the Minear family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Minear family to Ireland
Some of the Minear family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Minear family to the New World and Oceana
In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence
. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan
societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Minear:
Minear Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Albert John Minear, aged 21, who settled in America from St. Anstell, England, in 1904
- Sarah C Minear, who emigrated to the United States, in 1906
- A. Bruce Minear, who emigrated to the United States, in 1908
- Mrs. A. Minear, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1909
- F. H. Minear, aged 60, who emigrated to the United States from London, England, in 1910
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Contemporary Notables of the name Minear (post 1700)
- John J. Minear, American first postmaster of the settlement later to be named Minear, California
- Sarah Minear, American politician, West Virginia state senator from the 14th District
- Jeffrey P. Minear, American Counselor to Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr
- Richard "Dick" H. Minear, American retired Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Timothy "Tim" P. Minear (b. 1963), American screenwriter and director, best known for his work on Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and The X-Files