Caourn is an ancient Scottish name that was first used by the Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is a name for someone who lived in Midlothian
. The name Caourn 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 Caourn family
The surname Caourn 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 Caourn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Caourn 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 Caourn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Caourn Spelling Variations
Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations
in Scottish names. Caourn has been spelled Cairns, Cairn, Kairnes, Carnys and others.
Early Notables of the Caourn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Caourn family to Ireland
Some of the Caourn 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 Caourn family to the New World and Oceana
In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland
. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence
solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them: John Cairns settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775; Michael Cairns followed in 1799; Andrew in 1830; John in 1840; Robert in 1864.