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Meaning and Origin of: Mair

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Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Scottish: occupational name for an officer of the courts whose functions resembled those of an English beadle (i.e. a minor official who dealt with petty offenders) and who was known as a mair. Compare Mayer 1. Reaney remarks that this title was used not only of the king’s herald or sergeant but also of such officers as a head forester.
  2. Jewish: variant of Meyer 2.
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