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The original Gaelic form of the name Carnahan is O Cearnachain, which is derived from the word "cearnach," which means "victorious."

Carnahan Early Origins



The surname Carnahan was first found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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Carnahan Spelling Variations


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Carnahan Spelling Variations



Numerous spelling variations of the surname Carnahan exist. A partial explanation for these variants is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. Different spellings that were found include Kernahan, Kernaghan, Carnahan, Carnaghan and others.

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Carnahan Early History


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Carnahan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Carnahan research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 117 and 1172 are included under the topic Early Carnahan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Carnahan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Carnahan Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Carnahan Notables 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



The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish migrating out of their homeland in a great measure due to the oppressive imperial policies of the English government and landowners. Many of these Irish families sailed to North America aboard overcrowded passenger ships. By far, the largest influx of Irish immigrants to North America occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These particular immigrants were instrumental in creation of the United States and Canada as major industrial nations because the many essential elements such as the roadways, canals, bridges, and railways required an enormous quantity of cheap labor, which these poor immigrants provided. Later generations of Irish in these countries also went on to make valuable contributions in such fields as the arts, commerce, politics, and education. Extensive research into immigration and passenger lists has revealed many early immigrants bearing the name Carnahan:

Carnahan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Carnahan, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Alexander Carnahan landed in Philadelphia in 1809
  • John Carnahan landed in Philadelphia in 1842
  • Robert Carnahan landed in Philadelphia in 1848
  • Samuel Carnahan, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Carnahan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Joseph Carnahan U.E. who settled in Midland District [Frontenac & Lennox and Addington], Ontario c. 1783 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Carnahan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Carnahan (post 1700)



  • Robert H. Carnahan, American Union brevet brigadier general during the period of the American Civil War
  • Herschel L. Carnahan (1879-1941), American politician, 30th Lieutenant Governor of California, 1928-1931
  • Andrew Carnahan (b. 1983), American football offensive tackle for the New York Giants
  • James Carnahan (1775-1859), American clergyman and educator, ninth President of Princeton University
  • Matthew McNair Carnahan (b. 1961), American producer, writer and director
  • Matthew "Matt" Michael Carnahan, American screenwriter
  • Albert Sidney Johnson Carnahan (1897-1968), American politician
  • Joseph Aaron "Joe" Carnahan (b. 1969), American independent film director, screenwriter, producer and actor
  • Jean Anne Carpenter Carnahan (b. 1933), American politician and writer
  • Melvin Eugene "Mel" Carnahan (b. 1934), American politician, 51st Governor of Missouri from 1993 to 2000
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  4. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  7. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  8. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
  9. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Carnahan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Carnahan 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.

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