Meaning and Origin of: Nair

Family name origins & meanings

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