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Nearn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Scottish surname Nearn is of local origin, derived from the Burgh of Nairn in Northern Scotland. The original bearers of this name likely lived, held land, or came from Nairn.

Early Origins of the Nearn family

The surname Nearn was first found in Nairnshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Narann) in northern Scotland, today part of the Council Area of Highland, 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 Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Nearn family

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Nearn Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Nairn, Nairne and others.

Early Notables of the Nearn family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Nearn family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Maxwell Nairn, who settled in Philadelphia in 1858; Thomas Nairn, who arrived in Barbados in 1745; as well as James Nairn, who settled in New York in 1774..

Contemporary Notables of the name Nearn (post 1700)

  • Graham Nearn (1933-2009), English engineer and businessman who acquired the rights to build the Lotus Seven sports car in 1973, and later peaked in production to 600 cars a year in the late 1980s

The Nearn 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: Sero sed serio
Motto Translation: Late but in earnest.

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