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"ADAIR. The tradition of the foundation of the family of Adair of Dunskey and Kinhilt originating from a fugitive son of Fitzgerald, Earl Desmond of Adair in Ireland, taking as surname his father's estate name seems too hypothetical for belief. Chalmers and others think that Adair is but a different pronunciation of Edzear (z -. /) or Edgar. It is a fact that Thomas Edzear or Odeir had a charter of the lands of Kildonan in the Rynes of Galloway from Robert i (RMS., i, App. n, 681). From the Bruce, also, various parties of the same patronymic had grants of land in Dumfries. Richard dictus Eager, for example, had a charter of the "place of Seneschar (Sanquhar) and half the barony thereof (RMS., i, 27). As Bruce died in 1329, and if Adair and Edzear are the same it is clear that the surname was located in Galloway much earlier than 1388, when the Fitzgerald of Adare is supposed to have acquired the lands. "As a matter of fact ...the name is...simply a form of Edgar, [the] progenitor being probably Edgar, son of Duvenald, a leader at the Battle of the Standard, grandson of Donegal of Morton Castle, a descendant of whom, Robert [sic, Thomas] Edzear had a charter from Robert Bruce of the lands of Kildonan, adjacent to which are those of Kinhilt. In confirmation of this we also find the name Edgar attaching to a hill on his property at Dromore" (Agnew, i, p. 220). In a footnote Agnew adds: "In the Lochnaw charter chest various deeds prove the name Edzear and Adair to have been interchangeable with the Galloway Adairs. In a charter dated 1625 the name is spelled in both forms on the same page." John Adair had a commission for a survey of Scotland in 1681 (RFC., 3. ser. xn, introduction). "(The surnames of Scotland. George Fraser Black, 1866-1948)


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Some Famous People with the surname of Adair

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Wikipedia Jean Adair (June 13, 1873, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada - May 11, 1953, New York City) was a Canadian actress.
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Wikipedia Major General Sir Allan Henry Shafto Adair, 6th Baronet GCVO, CB, DSO, MC & Bar (3 November 1897 in London ? 4 August 1988) was a British Army general.
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Wikipedia Doug Adair (born May 29,1929, in Xenia, Ohio) is a former longtime Emmy Award winning American television news anchor and journalist who has worked in the Cleveland, Columbus, and Dayton Ohio markets.
Wikipedia Trevor Adair (born in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is the former head coach of the Clemson Tigers men?s soccer team.
Wikipedia James Aubrey Adair (January 25, 1907 ? December 9, 1982) was an American baseball infielder, manager and coach.
Wikipedia John George Adair (March 3, 1823 ? May 4, 1885), sometimes known as Jack Adair, was a Scots-Irish businessman and landowner who provided the seed capital for the large JA Ranch in the Palo Duro Canyon of the Texas Panhandle.
Wikipedia Charles "Chugger" Adair is a retired American soccer player and current soccer coach.
Wikipedia Cornelia Wadsworth Ritchie Adair (April 6 1837 ? September 22 1921) was the matriarch of Glenveagh Castle in County Donegal, Ireland, now an Irish national park, and the large JA Ranch southeast of Amarillo in the Texas Panhandle, a still active cattle ranch.
Wikipedia Thomas "Tom" Montgomery Adair (June 15, 1913 ? May 24, 1988) was an American songwriter, composer, and screenwriter.
Wikipedia Ron Adair (born 1931 in Londonderry, Northern Ireland) is an Australian former association footballer.