The surname Adair is derived from the given name Edgar, which means prosperity. The surname Adair was first found in Galloway, an area of southwestern Scotland, now part of the Council Area of Dumfries and Galloway. Tradition has it that the foundation of the family of Adair of Dunskey and Kinhilt originated from a fugitive son of Fitzgerald, Earl Desmond of Adair in Ireland. Desmond was descended from Otto Geraldino, a Norman noble who accompanied William, Duke of Normandy into England in 1066. He also accompanied Strongbow into Ireland in 1172 and became Earl of Desmond. He settled in Kirkcudbright and Wigtown.
Clan Adair is a sept of Clan Maxwell.
Clan Adair Badge, Scottish Lowland Clan
Each item begins as a piece of bronze sheet metal. After a pattern is transferred to the metal, the piece is etched in a salt-water solution. Each piece is hand cut, sanded, and polished. The pin back is soldered on. A patina has been applied giving the metal that aged look. A clear polymer coating is applied to the face of the badge.