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Where did the Scottish Minear family come from? What is the Scottish Minear family crest and coat of arms? When did the Minear family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Minear family history?

The Picts 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, or Mac-an-huidhir, which means son of the stranger.


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.

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.


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


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


Some of the Minear 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.


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


  • 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
  • Richard "Dick" H. Minear, American retired Professor of History at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Jeffrey P. Minear, American Counselor to Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr
  • Sarah Minear, American politician, West Virginia state senator from the 14th District
  • John J. Minear, American first postmaster of the settlement later to be named Minear, California


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The Minear Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Minear 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.

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