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Background: The Napiers have a long and ancient history and are descended, through the Earls of Lennox, from the Celtic royal families of Scotland and Ireland. One suggested derivation of the name is from the officer of the royal household who was in charge of linen, the ‘naperer’. However, there is no evidence to suggest that this title was much used in Scotland, and a more stirring and poetic origin fo the name is offered. A knight of the Earl of Lennox, possibly a younger son, distinguished himself in battle during the reign of William the Lion. After the victory, the king singled out the young knight praising his valour which he said had ‘nae peer’. The earliest certain reference to the name appears in a charter of Malcolm, Earl of Lennox, sometime prior to 1290, which granted lands at Kilmahew in Dunbartonshire to John de Naper. The Napiers were to hold lands at Kilmahew for eighteen generations, until the estate was sold in 1820.

Variations: MacAlowne, Naiper, Napare, Napeir, Naper, Napier, Napper, Neaper, Nepare, Neper.

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Maiden name is Napier; thinking about changing back to Napier; married name is Upton and that's long over. Good to hear some history, my Dad never had much to say about his backgound and passed away early, age 55. All I knew was that he was born in tennesee, had a twin brother who didn't survive after birth, other then that, not much; except that he did some some wrestling in a traveling show and he hopped a freight train to get to California where he met my Mother
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