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Mcnair Name Meaning

Scottish:: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Iain Uidhir ‘son of sallow John’. This form is associated mainly with Ross-shire. Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Fhuibhir ‘son of the smith’ Mac an Fhuidhir ‘the stranger's son’ or Mac an Oighre ‘son of the heir’ which despite different pronunciation have all been suggested to explain this surname. It was sometimes also Anglicized as Weir . The surname evidently arrived late in Ireland from Scotland. Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac an Mhaoir ‘son of the steward or keeper’. The same name in Ireland was commonly Anglicized as Weir .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Mccaig, Mcnary, Mcneil, Mccoin, Mcnabb, Mcbain, Mcnay, Mcnee, Mccuaig

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Where is the Mcnair family from?

You can see how Mcnair families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mcnair family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mcnair families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 70 Mcnair families living in New Brunswick. This was about 56% of all the recorded Mcnair's in Canada. New Brunswick had the highest population of Mcnair families in 1911.
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What did your Mcnair ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Mcnair. 43% of Mcnair men worked as a Farmer and 22% of Mcnair women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mcnair were Cultivateur and Clerk. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Salesman
  • Cultivateur

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Income
  • Clerk
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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Mcnair. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 15,000 military records available for the last name Mcnair. For the veterans among your Mcnair ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mcnair lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Mcnair life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Mcnair in 1943 was 45, and 74 in 2004.

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