The age-old Scottish surname Kerins was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people. The Kerins family lived in Midlothian
. The name Kerins is also derived from the Gaelic word carn,
which means pile of stones,
and referred to the stone burial chambers we now call cairns.
Early Origins of the Kerins family
The surname Kerins was first found in Midlothian
, where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Kerins family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Kerins research.Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1350, 1572, 1572, 1639, 1665, 1732, 1673, 1743, 1669, 1707, 1703, 1707 and are included under the topic Early Kerins History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Kerins Spelling Variations
In Medieval times, spelling and translation were not nearly so highly developed as today. They were generally carried out according to the sound and intuition of the bearer. For that reason spelling variations
are extremely common among early Scottish names. Kerins has been spelled Cairns, Cairn, Kairnes, Carnys and others.
Early Notables of the Kerins family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Kerins family to Ireland
Some of the Kerins family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 243 words (17 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Kerins family to the New World and Oceana
Unrest, poverty, and persecution caused thousands to look for opportunity and freedom in the North American colonies. The crossing was long, overcrowded, and unsanitary, though, and came only at great expense. Many Strathclyde families settled on the east coast of North America in communities that would form the backbone of what would become the great nations of the United States and Canada. The American War of Independence
caused those who remained loyal to England
to move north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In the 20th century, Strathclyde and other Scottish families across North America began to recover their collective heritage through highland games and Clan
societies. Among them: John Cairns settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775; Michael Cairns followed in 1799; Andrew in 1830; John in 1840; Robert in 1864.
Contemporary Notables of the name Kerins (post 1700)
- John Nelson Kerins (1858-1919), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1884 to 1890
- Charles M. Kerins (1915-1988), American illustrator and painter, known for his illustrations in the Saturday Evening Post, Life, Look, and National Geographic magazine, named one of America's Top 100 Illustrators by the Chicago Art Directors Club in 1956
- Dorothy C. Kerins, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1988 CITATION[CLOSE]
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- Charlie Kerins (1918-1944), Irish Chief of Staff of the Irish Republican Army who was hanged in Mountjoy Prison
- Alan Kerins (b. 1977), Irish hurler for Clarinbridge and founder of Alan Kerins African Projects