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Muir is an ancient Scottish name that was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is a name for someone who lived near a moor, or heath. In Gaelic, Mor means great or big; therefore, a scribe may have mistaken the adjective Mor as a surname More or Muir. This may explain the occurrence of the surname Muir, or a variant in Northern Scotland. The name Muir would seem out of place in that region because it holds a meaning of "living by a moor or heath," not the typical landscape of the highlands. Judging by its meaning, Muir is a local name of the south that described the area, in which the original bearer lived or held land.

Muir Early Origins



The surname Muir 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, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the census rolls taken by the ancient Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Muir Spelling Variations


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Muir Spelling Variations



In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations are extremely common among early Scottish names. Muir has been spelled Muir, Mure, Moor, Moore, Mure, More, Moorman and many more.

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Muir Early History


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Muir Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Muir research. Another 317 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1291, 1300, 1296, 1700, 1407, 1393, 1397, 1594, 1657, 1887 and 1959 are included under the topic Early Muir History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Muir Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Muir Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family at this time was Robert More II (died 1407), of Pamber, Hampshire, English politician, appointed High Sheriff of Hampshire for 1393-94, elected a Member of Parliament for Hampshire in 1397; Sir William...

Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Muir Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Muir In Ireland


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Muir In Ireland



Some of the Muir family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 155 words (11 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



Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence caused those who remained loyal to England to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan societies. Among them:

Muir Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Adam Muir, who landed in New Jersey in 1685
  • George Muir (Moore) who was banished to New Jersey from Scotland in 1685
  • William Muir, who landed in New Jersey in 1685

Muir Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Muir and his wife and children, who settled in Georgia in 1732
  • James Muir, who landed in Savanna(h), Georgia in 1733
  • John Muir, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766
  • Alexander Muir, aged 21, arrived in Virginia in 1773
  • Robert Muir, his wife, and children, who settled in New York in 1774
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Muir Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Sophia Muir, who arrived in New York in 1836
  • Walter Muir, who arrived in Iowa in 1848
  • Christina Muir, who arrived in Iowa in 1848
  • Dorothy Muir, who landed in Iowa in 1848
  • Mary Muir, who landed in Iowa in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Muir Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Muir, who landed in Canada in 1820

Muir Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Marion Muir arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairfield" in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Fairfield.htm
  • J. Muir arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Camilla" in 1849
  • Stephen Muir, aged 43, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Caucasian"
  • Thomas Muir, aged 22, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Omega"
  • Walter Muir, aged 20, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Omega"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Muir Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Alexander Muir, aged 31, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Mary Muir, aged 31, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Isabella Muir, aged 11, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Alexander Muir, aged 9, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • Robert Muir, aged 7, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duchess of Argyle" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Muir (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Muir (post 1700)



  • Major-General James Irvin Muir (1888-1964), American Assistant Commanding General 2nd Army (1945)
  • Percy F. Muir, American politician, Independent Candidate for New York State Assembly from Queens County 6th District, 1933
  • Mary L. Muir, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wyoming, 1940
  • M. D. Muir, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1908
  • Larell D. Muir, American politician, Mayor of Murray, Utah, 1978-85; Defeated, 1985
  • Joseph Z. Muir, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1924
  • John Muir, American politician, Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia, 1853-54
  • Jere T. Muir, American politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Lewis County, 1905-10
  • George Muir, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Connecticut State House of Representatives from West Hartford, 1946
  • Donald Muir, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1924 (alternate), 1928
  • ... (Another 19 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Muir Historic Events


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Muir Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Charles William Muir, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Hillcrest Coal Mine

  • Mr. Robert Muir (1859-1914), Scottish Miner from Torpichen, West Lothian, Scotland, United Kingdom who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. B Muir, British Leading Stoker, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Matthew Muir, American 2nd Class passenger from Philadephia, Pennsylvania, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Duris non frangor
Motto Translation: I am not disheartened by difficulties.


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Muir Clan Badge


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Muir Clan Badge




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A clan is a social group made up of a number of distinct branch-families that actually descended from, or accepted themselves as descendants of, a common ancestor. The word clan means simply children. The idea of the clan as a community is necessarily based around this idea of heredity and is most often ruled according to a patriarchal structure. For instance, the clan chief represented the hereditary "parent" of the entire clan. The most prominent example of this form of society is the Scottish Clan system...

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Septs of the Distinguished Name Muir
Muir, Muirs, Mure and more.

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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) FAIRFIELD 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Fairfield.htm

Other References

  1. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  2. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  4. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
  5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Bloxham, Ben. Key to Parochial Registers of Scotland From Earliest Times Through 1854 2nd edition. Provo, UT: Stevenson's Genealogical Center, 1979. Print.
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  11. ...

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