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Basic Information:

<Adair> is the name of a place in Scotland.

Black s.n. Adair indicates that the origin of the name is uncertain, but it's probably from <Edgar>, via <Ed3ear> and the like (there 3 is a yogh, sometimes represented in later typesetting by a <z>). The entry notes "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". (Black, George F. The Surnames of Scotland.)

Period Forms:

<Adair> is found as a byname in 1510: <Johne Adair> s.n. swer. Another <John Adair> is dated to 1647 s.n. recomendation. Both from the Dictionary of the Older Scottish Tongue (DOST) - http://www.dsl.ac.uk/index.html


Academy of St. Gabriel "Medieval Names Archive" - http://www.s-gabriel.org/names/
Database of medieval names (from the Medieval Names Archive) - http://www.ellipsis.cx/~liana/names/database/

Laurel Name Articles - http://heraldry.sca.org/laurel/

IGI Searches, batches beginning with C, J, K, M (except M17 and M18), or P are acceptable - http://familysearch.org


Precedents of the SCA College of Arms - http://heraldry.sca.org/laurel/precedents.html
Morsulus Heralds Website - http://www.morsulus.org/ (to search the LoARs and Precedents)

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