Gender: Female Meaning of Adair: "shallow place in a river near oaks" Origin of Adair: English and Scottish

Adair Origin and Meaning

The name Adair is a girl's name of Scottish origin meaning "shallow place in a river near oaks".

This undiscovered unisex name has lots of flair. It was first noticed as a girl's name, starting in the 1980's, on the long-running daytime drama Search for Tomorrow, with the character Adair McCleary, who had ahead-of-their-time brothers named brothers Hogan, Cagney and Quinn. But since Adair has yet to find many takers, it would make a fresh and appealing choice.

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Pop Culture References for the name Adair

Adare, Adayre, Adaire


ConcordNames Says:



Adair515 Says:


My full name is Adair Irene Catherine. I've always loved it. Everyone is usually curious about the history of the name, so it's actually been a great ice breaker when I'm meeting new people.

Adair515 Says:


My name is Adair, and I've heard the "I dare you!" or the "Truth or a dare?" my entire life. It gets old, but I don't mind it. I love having a unique name. It is my mother's and grandmother's middle name, so I'm proud to share it with them. I'll most definitely be keeping the name in the family when my husband and I start thinking about having children.

Merit La Frenière Says:


My daughter never got "a dare" but for some weird reason, got "a deer." Kids will always find something to pick on.

Merit La Frenière Says:


When we named our daughter, Adair, we gave her a more common middle name of Caitlin. Therefore if she ever felt Adair was too odd for her, she could use Caitlin instead. Luckily, she's an adult and loves her first name!

Merit La Frenière Says:


My 25-year old daughter is named Adair. She loves it, and feels distinctive but not odd.

scblovesnames Says:


Natalie Adair, oh it's so pretty!

Adair Says:


My name is Adair and my middle name is Isabella

Bobcat108 Says:


This one is all boy to me. I find it interesting that it's considered a unisex name.

vito208 Says:


The name is very pretty , though i pronounce it like Ah-dare- is that right ? Or is it like saying the letter A and then dare? Either way - jokes about " a dare" wouldn't bother me - it's not a deal breaker .

rbj84 Says:


I love this name a lot, hoping to use it in the future.

Elena_Allyn Says:


I love the pairings Adair Chloe or Adair Alison! This name is just so pretty, I love it!

Guest Says:


"a dare", I can't really see past that.

SparkleNinja18 Says:


I love this name but it's proving impossible to find a middle name for!

iheartnames Says:


If I had had a daughter, she would have been an Adair. I've met two Adairs, both are women. I've visited Adair, Iowa and there is an Adair County in my home state. This is the one name that got away!

namenerd8 Says:


Adair is such a beautiful name.

Adair Stokan Says:


I love having an uncommon name...that isn't too out there. I am the only Adair I have every met. I have know some people with the last name or middle name Adair, but I don't think there are many first named Adair. Most people seem to like my name but there have been a few who think its weird. I have also hear the running joke "Adair...I A dare you!" which gets old. If you choose an uncommon/unusual name be prepared for some positive as well as some negative feed back.