The surname Carnathan 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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In the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Carnathan family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including Kernahan, Kernaghan, Carnahan, Carnaghan and others.
Early Notables of the Carnathan family (pre 1700)
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Ireland saw an enormous decrease in its population in the 19th century due to immigration and death. This pattern of immigration began slowly in the late 18th century and gradually grew throughout the early portion of the 19th century. However, a dramatic increase in the country's immigration numbers occurred when the Great Potato Famine struck in the 1840s. The early immigrants to North America were primarily destined to be farmers tending to their own plot of land, those that came later initially settled within pre-established urban centers. These urban immigrants provided the cheap labor that the fast developing United States and soon to be Canada required. Regardless of their new lifestyle in North America, the Irish immigrants to the United States and Canada made invaluable contributions to their newly adopted societies. An investigation of immigrant and passenger lists revealed many Carnathans:
Carnathan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Mrs Jane Carnathan, aged 34, originally from Johnston, who arrived in New York in 1897 aboard the ship "Furnessia" from Glasgow, Scotland
John Carnathan, aged 10, originally from Johnston, who arrived in New York in 1897 aboard the ship "Furnessia" from Glasgow, Scotland
Jessie Carnathan, originally from Johnston, who arrived in New York in 1897 aboard the ship "Furnessia" from Glasgow, Scotland
Carnathan Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
James Carnathan, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Columbia" from Glasgow, Scotland