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The ancestors of the name Napier are thought to have come from the ancient Scottish kingdom of Dalriada. Napier was used to indicate someone who worked as a person at a royal court who was in charge of the tablecloths and linen, which were collectively called the napery. "In England, in the reign of Henry I, William de Hastings held the manor of Ashele in Norfolk by the service of taking charge of the napery, i.e. tablecloths and linen at the coronation of the English kings. The first record of the name in Scotland is c. 1290 when John Naper obtained from Malcolm, earl of Lennox, a charter of the quarter-land called Kylmethew." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)


Napier Early Origins



The surname Napier was first found in Perthshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland. "A Scottish legend, however, assigns a widely different origin. In a great battle between the Scots and some enemy, whose nation is not specified, the former were on the point of losing the day, when one Donald, son of the then Earl of Lennox, seized a standard, and rallied the retreating soldiers. This act of prowess changed the positions of the combatants, and resulted in the complete triumph of the Scots. The king on hearing of Donald's bravery, declared that he had NA PIER "no equal"; commanded him to assume those words as a surname; and gave him lands in Fife, and the lands of Goffurdor Goosford." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
This "legend" may not be a legend but in fact based on truth as both aforementioned versions of the family's origin agree that the family descend from the house of Lennox and their forebears used the name Lenox alias Napier. Yet another source claims that "It is said that Donald, a son of the Earl of Lennox, for his bravery in battle, had his name changed by the king to Napier. After the battle, as the manner is, every one advancing and setting forth his own acts, the king said unto them, 'Ye have all done valiantly, but there is one among you who hath 'Na Pier, ' ' and the king gave him lands in Fife and Goffurd. " [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
Suffice to say, the family's allegiance and fierce battle strength without fear, cannot be in question. Further to the south, the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 had two entries for the family, both in Oxfordshire: Jordan le Nappere and Thomas le Nappere. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)

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Napier Spelling Variations


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Napier Spelling Variations



In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. Napier has appeared as Napier, Naper, Napper, Naiper, Napeer, Neaper and others.

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Napier Early History


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Napier Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Napier research. Another 489 words (35 lines of text) covering the years 1280, 1294, 1308, 1401, 1437, 1440, 1451, 1550, 1610, 1550, 1617, 1560, 1637, 1603, 1661, 1625, 1660, 1606, 1673, 1683, 1642, 1700, 1690, 1698, 1700 and are included under the topic Early Napier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Napier Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Napier Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the Clan from early times was George Napper (Napier) (1550-1610), an English Roman Catholic priest, a Catholic martyr, beatified by Pope Pius XI; John Napier (1550-1617), a famed mathematician and inventor of logarithms, this eighth laird of Merchiston was also extremely involved in religious debates (he was a staunch...

Another 130 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Napier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Napier In Ireland


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Napier In Ireland



Some of the Napier family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words (8 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



Many of the ancestors of Dalriadan families who arrived in North America still live in communities along the east coast of Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence many of the original settlers traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries the ancestors of many Scots began recovering their collective national heritage through Clan societies, highland games, and other patriotic events. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Napier or a variant listed above:

Napier Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Patrick Napier settled in Virginia in 1655
  • Patrick Napier, who arrived in Virginia in 1655
  • Valentine Napier, who arrived in Maryland in 1665

Napier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Napier settled in Philadelphia in 1798

Napier Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Napier, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1800
  • William Napier, aged 23, landed in New York in 1812
  • George Napier, aged 67, landed in Ohio in 1812
  • Charles Napier settled in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1823
  • James Napier settled in Providence in 1823
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Napier Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Robert Napier U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Robert Napier U.E. who settled in Parr Town, Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Napier Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Napier, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland

Napier Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Napier, aged 32, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Lysander"
  • John Napier, aged 32, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1851
  • Helen Napier, aged 25, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1851
  • George Napier, aged 1, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lysander" in 1851
  • Janet Napier, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Grand Trianon"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Napier Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Peter M. Napier, aged 21, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • John David Napier, aged 20, arrived in Otago aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1849
  • John Napier, aged 28, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • Catherine Napier, aged 24, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • William Napier, aged 3, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Helenslee" in 1864
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Napier (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Napier (post 1700)



  • Charles Napier (1936-2011), American actor, known for his roles in Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
  • Robert Napier (1791-1876), Scottish engineer, often called "The Father of Clyde Shipbuilding"
  • James Napier (1810-1884), Scottish author
  • William M. "Bill" Napier (b. 1940), Scottish astronomer and author
  • Captain Ian Patrick Robert Napier MC (1895-1977), British World War I flying ace credited with twelve aerial victories
  • Sir Thomas John Mellis Napier (1882-1976), Australian Chief Justice of South Australia for 25 years, eponym of the Napier electorate
  • General Sir William Francis Patrick Napier KCB (1785-1860), Irish soldier in the British Army and military historian
  • Francis Scott Napier (1758-1823), 8th Lord Napier, British peer and army officer, Lord High Commissioner (18021816), Lord Lieutenant of Selkirkshire (17971823)
  • William John Napier (1786-1834), 9th Lord Napier, a Royal Navy officer, politician and diplomat
  • General Sir Charles James Napier GCB (1782-1853), British general, the British Army's Commander-in-Chief in India, Governor of Scinde (1843-1847)
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Napier Historic Events


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Napier Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Michael A Napier (b. 1964), American Specialist 4th Class from Middletown, Ohio, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

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Suggested Readings for the name Napier


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Suggested Readings for the name Napier



  • Doctor Patrick Napier: His Ancestors and Some Descendants by John Hawkins Napier.

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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: Sans tache
Motto Translation: Without stain


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Napier Clan Badge


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Napier Clan Badge




Napier 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 Napier
Naiper, Napeer, Naper, Napier, Nappeer, Napper, Nappier, Neaper and more.

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Citations


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Citations



  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. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  2. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  3. Urquhart, Blair Edition. Tartans The New Compact Study Guide and Identifier. Secauccus, NJ: Chartwell Books, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0-7858-0050-6).
  4. Prebble, John. The Highland Clearances. London: Secker & Warburg, 1963. Print.
  5. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  6. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Adam, Frank. Clans Septs and Regiments of the Scottish Highlands 8th Edition. London: Bacon (G.W.) & Co, 1970. Print. (ISBN 10-0717945006).
  11. ...

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