Picts of ancient Scotland were the tribe of the ancestors of the Near family. The name Near 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 Near family of Perth traditionally derive their name from M'an-oighre, which means son of the heir. Experts have also theorized that the surname Near may be derived from Mac-an-fhuibir, which means son of the smith, or Mac-an-huidhir, which means son of the stranger.
Early Origins of the Near family
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.
Early History of the Near family
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Near Spelling Variations
spelling variations. In various documents, Near has been spelled MacNair, MacNaire, MacNayer, MacNeir, MacNuir, Menair and many more.
Early Notables of the Near family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Near family to Ireland
Some of the Near family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Near family to the New World and Oceana
The cruelties suffered under the new government forced many to leave their ancient homeland for the freedom of the North American colonies. Those who arrived safely found land, freedom, and opportunity for the taking. These hardy settlers gave their strength and perseverance to the young nations that would become the United States and Canada. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the name Near:
Near Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Near Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Near Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
Near Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Near (post 1700)
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