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Nairne Surname Origin
Locality. The name of a shire, river, and town in Scotland, whence the surname is derived. The name was taken from the river, which was called in Gaelic uisgen'fhearn, from uisge, water, and n'fhearn (pronounced nearn, the 'fh' having no sound), 'the alders'--'the water of the alders,' from the great number of alder-trees which grew on its banks.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
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