Nair Family History

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Nair Name Meaning

Indian (Kerala): Hindu (Nayar) name denoting membership of the Nayar community, which is from Malayalam nayar ‘leader’, ‘lord’, ‘soldier’ (from Sanskrit naya(ka) ‘leader’ + the honorific plural ending -r). The Nayars were regarded as protectors of the land. Northern Irish: reduced form of McNair.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Naik, Fair, Weir, Rai, Barr, Nail, Naar, Rais, Nay, Main

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Nair Family Origin

Where is the Nair family from?

Nair Family Occupations

What did your Nair ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, comb Maker and Ind. Minister were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Nair. A less common occupation for the Nair family was Marble Polisher (Mason). The most common Nair occupation in the UK was Comb Maker. 33% of Nair's were Comb Makers.

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  • Comb Maker

  • Ind. Minister

  • Marble Polisher (Mason)


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Nair ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Nair Historical Records

What Nair family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 14,000 census records available for the last name Nair. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nair census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Nair. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Nair. For the veterans among your Nair ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Nair Life Expectancy

What is the average Nair lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Nair life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1964, and highest in 1969. The average life expectancy for Nair in 1955 was 55, and 69 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Nair

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Nair ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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