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The surname Cairns was first used in the Scottish/English Borderlands by an ancient Scottish people called the Strathclyde- Britons. It was a name for someone who lived in Midlothian. The name Cairns is also derived from the Gaelic word carn, which means pile of stones, and referred to the stone burial chambers we now call cairns.

Cairns Early Origins



The surname Cairns 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.

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Cairns Spelling Variations


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Cairns Spelling Variations



Spelling and translation were hardly exact sciences in Medieval Scotland. Sound, rather than any set of rules, was the basis for spellings, so one name was often spelled different ways even within a single document. Spelling variations are thus an extremely common occurrence in Medieval Scottish names. Cairns has been spelled Cairns, Cairn, Kairnes, Carnys and others.

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Cairns Early History


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Cairns Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Cairns 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 Cairns History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cairns Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Cairns Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 18 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Cairns Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Cairns In Ireland


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Cairns In Ireland



Some of the Cairns 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Such hard times forced many to leave their homeland in search of opportunity across the Atlanti c. Many of these families settled along the east coast of North America in communities that would become the backbones of the young nations of the United States and Canada. The ancestors of many of these families have rediscovered their roots in the 20th century through the establishment of Clan societies and other patriotic Scottish organizations. Among them:

Cairns Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Cairns settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775

Cairns Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Cairns, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Hugh Cairns, aged 24, arrived in New Jersey in 1812
  • John Cairns, aged 36, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Mary Cairns, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Samuel Cairns, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cairns Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mr. Patrick Cairns, aged 24 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Broom" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle in September 1847 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 17)

Cairns Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Cairns arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RECOVERY from London 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Recovery.htm
  • Cause Cairns, aged James Phillips, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RECOVERY from London 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Recovery.htm
  • Ann Cairns arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RECOVERY from London 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Recovery.htm
  • Ann Cairns, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • Mary Cairns, aged 21, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Bucephalus"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Cairns Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • G S Cairns landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Ann Cairns arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "William Watson" in 1859
  • Adam Cairns arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Excelsior" in 1871
  • Patrick Cairns, aged 34, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874
  • Bridget Cairns, aged 33, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Cairns (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Cairns (post 1700)



  • Tommy Cairns (1890-1967), Scottish footballer
  • Alexander "Alex" Cairns (b. 1993), English footballer
  • Eric Cairns (b. 1974), Canadian retired NHL ice hockey defenceman and current pro scout for the New York Islanders from Oakville, Ontario
  • Christopher Lance Cairns ONZM (b. 1970), New Zealand former all-rounder who played for the international cricket team
  • Hugh McCalmont Cairns PC, QC (1819-1885), 1st Earl Cairns, a British statesman who served as Lord Chancellor of the United Kingdom
  • Rachael Cairns (b. 1988), British model and actress
  • Leah Cairns (b. 1974), Canadian actress
  • James Ford Cairns (1914-2003), Australian politician
  • David Cairns (b. 1926), British journalist, non-fiction writer and musician
  • Sir Hugh William Bell Cairns (1896-1952), British neurosurgeon
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Cairns Historic Events


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Cairns Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Thomas Cecil Cairns, British Stoker 2nd Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Cyril Cairns, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Alexander Cairns (d. 1912), aged 28, American First Class passenger from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 17)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RECOVERY from London 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Recovery.htm

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  2. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Dorward, David. Scottish Surnames. Glasgow: Harper Collins, 1995. Print.
  10. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
  11. ...

The Cairns Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Cairns Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 17 November 2016 at 16:37.

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